The Indian team management wants Harshal Patel, KKR opener Venkatesh Iyer and pacer Shivam Mavi to stay back in the UAE ahead of the T20 World Cup, which starts on October 17.
SRH pacer Umran Malik has already been named as a net bowler and now Patel, Iyer and Mavi are likely to join the team to assist the players in preparations for the high profile event.
A Cricbuzz reports dated October 11 states that these players are expected to join the main squad in Dubai.
“The instructions will be relayed after Monday’s Eliminator so that the player(s) will not exit the bubble and instead transfer from one bubble to another,” the report adds.
The Super12 teams have time until October 15 to finalize their squads for the T20 World Cup. “Teams can change their teams seven days prior to the start of their support period. India’s support period starts with the Super 12 which begin on Oct 23. So, they have time to change the team till Oct 15 at midnight,” a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) source was quoted as saying by TOI.
“It’s not decided if Hardik will be dropped altogether if he doesn’t get bowling ready. But he is running out of time as an allrounder. If any one of Thakur and Deepak gets in, then there’s a chance of the selectors asking Harshal Patel to stay back in UAE,” the BCCI source added.
“The selectors will wait and watch on how Hardik shapes up in the next few days. The selectors went with just three genuine pacers because it was believed Hardik would be fit enough to bowl his quota of overs. Since he hasn’t bowled at all in the IPL, there’s no form to go by.”