Asia Cup 2022: Major setback for team India, head coach Rahul Dravid tests positive for COVID

By | August 23, 2022

Rahul Dravid, Asia Cup 2022
Image Source : PTI Rahul Dravid in a press conference

Highlights

  • Team India will face Pakistan on August 28, 2022
  • The Asia Cup starts on August 27, 2022
  • VVS Laxman might be appointed as the head coach

Asia Cup 2022 Rahul Dravid: The Indian team has recently finished their tour to Zimbabwe which ended on a very positive note. India won all three matches that were a part of their white-ball tour. Now the blue brigade is headed toward the Asia Cup that will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With few days to go for the multi-nation cricketing event, the men in blue have faced a major setback that can dim their chances of winning the tournament. Certain reports and speculations have surfaced that team India head coach Rahul Dravid has tested positive for COVID and might not travel with the team to UAE.

India Tv - Rahul Dravid, team India, Asia Cup 2022

Image Source : PTIrahul Dravid in team India training sessions

After the massive financial crisis that broke out in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Cricket board (SLC) was forced to move the tournament to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). few members of the Indian contingency will travel to the UAE from Zimbabwe and the rest will travel from India. Deepak Chahar, KL Rahul, and Avesh Khan are the only players who will travel to UAE from Zimbabwe to take part in the Asia Cup. Amidst all of this, reports say that head coach Rahul Dravid has tested positive for COVID. The chances of Dravid’s involvement with the team look very timid as of now because India’s first match is just 5 days away as they clash against arch-rivals Pakistan. The first match of the Asia Cup is scheduled to be played on August 27, 2022. India is all set to lock horns with Pakistan on August 28, 2022.

India Tv - Rahul Dravid, Asia Cup 2022

Image Source : TWITTERRahul Dravid enjoying a laugh at team India nets

VVS Laxman might be roped in as the coach

Most importantly, Rahul Dravid did not travel with the team to Zimbabwe. With the seniors resting, Rahul Dravid too was handed over a break. VVS Laxman was sent with team India for the Zimbabwe tour. As of now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India hasn’t given out any clarification regarding this matter but if Rahul Dravid does not travel with the team, it might just be an opportunity for Laxman to take charge.

India’s Squad for Asia Cup 2022
Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(Wk), Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik (Wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan

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