Shivam Mavi injured ahead of Asian Games; Umran Malik likely to be replacement
The Indian cricket team for the upcoming Asian Games has already suffered a setback as pacer Shivam Mavi has suffered an injury and will miss the continental games in Hangzhou next month. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) senior selection committee will be selecting a replacement for Mavi in the coming days.
Injury to Shivam Mavi
- Shivam Mavi, a promising young pace bowler, has suffered an injury a few days ago.
- The nature of the injury is unknown at this time.
Picking a replacement
- The BCCI senior selection committee will be selecting a replacement for Mavi.
- The selector wanted to send Yash Thakur, who was among the standby players, but he has also injured his back.
- The committee is likely to pick Umran Malik as a replacement for Mavi.
Preparations for the Asian Games
- The Indian team players have been called to Bangalore for a two-week camp, which will be monitored by the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
- VVS Laxman will be coaching the second-string Indian team, along with Sariaj Bahutule as bowling coach and Munish Bali as fielding coach.
- The Indian team won’t be flying with reserve players due to strict rules followed by the Indian contingent at the Asian Games village.
Change in the selection committee
- Former India pacer Salil Ankola, one of the selectors from West Zone, will have to make way out of the current committee.
- The BCCI felt it can’t have two selectors from one zone.
- Ajit Agarkar was appointed as the new chairman of the selection committee a few months ago.
- The current selection committee comprises Agarkar, SS Das, Subroto Banerjee, S Sharath, and Ankola.
- The BCCI will invite applications for the selection committee once the current term is over and will also revise the pay cheque for the committee.