‘The worrying point is…’: India’s huge World Cup win raises concerns about Asian Cup squad | Cricket News

Former Indian cricketer Madan Lal on Monday expressed concern over the fitness of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer and expressed surprise at the exclusion of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin from India's 2023 Asian Cup squad, The Cricket Regulatory Authority of India ( BCCI) on Monday announced a 17-man squad for the upcoming 2023 Asian Cup, which will start on August 30, with Jasprit Bumrah, Iyer and Rahul returning to the squad.

“The team is more or less the same as we all expected. But the only concern is fitness. KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer had not played any games. Playing in a big game like the Asian Cup or the World Cup is absolute.” Different, there's a lot going on. Your fitness level must be greater than 100%. I hope they are fit,” the Indian cricketer told ANI.

“I was a little surprised by Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashwin isn't there either,” he said.

Rahul suffered an injury on May 1st in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He was in rehab at the National Cricket Academy.

While Iyer had abstained from back surgery due to his recurring lower back injury. He was advised to rest and continue his rehab. The injury first ruled him out in the final test against Australia during the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy and he also missed the ODI series against the visitors.

During the Asian Cup team announcement, head selector Ajit Agarkar said that KL Rahul has a problem and is expected to recover by the second or third Asian Cup game.

The Asian Cup 2023 will be co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The tournament will take place from August 30th to September 17th.

The Asian Cup will serve as an important benchmark for India's preparations for the World Cup, which begins in October, and will also help the selectors in making decisions for the main event.

India will open their Asian Cup campaign with a legendary clash against Pakistan on September 2 in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been named Rohit Sharma's deputy at the 2023 Asian Cup.

The squad also marks Jasprit Bumrah's return to ODI cricket after a hiatus of more than a year. After showing his fitness in the ongoing T20I series against Ireland, Bumrah will test himself in the 50-over format ahead of the World Cup. India's attack of pace will be bolstered by the return of Mohammed Siraj, who has been absent from the team for some time with an ankle injury.

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