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Avesh Khan, Venkatesh Iyer Set to Join Team India as Net Bowlers Ahead of ICC T20 World Cup

Avesh Khan celebrates the fall of Hardik Pandya during IPL 2021.

Avesh Khan celebrates the fall of Hardik Pandya during IPL 2021.

The 24yearold is the second fast bowler, after Kashmiri pace sensation Umran Malik, who has been asked to join the team and if BCCI sources are to be believed, the lanky fast bowler could well make it to the standby list by the time World Cup starts on Sunday.

New Delhi: Delhi Capitals speedster Avesh Khan has been asked by the BCCI to stay back in the UAE after the IPL to join India’s T20 World Cup squad as a net bowler. The 24-year-old is the second fast bowler, after Kashmiri pace sensation Umran Malik, who has been asked to join the team and if BCCI sources are to be believed, the lanky fast bowler could well make it to the standby list by the time World Cup starts on Sunday. India will open their campaign on October 24 against Pakistan.

Meanwhile KKR’s latest batting sensation has been asked to join the Indian Cricket Team ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup as a net bowler. After Avesh Khan, Iyer was among the shining lights of the IPL 2021 and it seems he was promptly rewarded for his performance with the bat; nonetheless, he has been asked to stay back in UAE as he will be included in the side as a net bowler.

The Indore-born 26-year-old left-handed batsman and right-arm medium-pacer made an unbeaten 41 off 27 deliveries on his IPL debut, making light work of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s paltry 92 in the company of rising India Test opener Shubman Gill in Abu Dhabi on Monday night and then on Thursday, smacked 53 off just 30 balls against Mumbai Indians to make heads turn.

“The national selectors have decided to also include Avesh in the mix. As of now, he will be a net bowler but if the team management feels, he can be upgraded," a BCCI source close to the selection committee told.

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first published:October 12, 2021, 17:34 IST