Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram reckons that India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be dangerous in the Asia Cup since any team can win on their day. Akram recalled that many were predicting an India vs Pakistan final in the Asia Cup last time, but Sri Lanka came back from a horrendous start to clinch the title.
Former South African captain AB de Villiers admitted that he is disappointed with the Indian selectors’ decision to drop Yuzvendra Chahal for the upcoming Asia Cup. De Villiers opined that Chahal is a handy leg-spin option to have in the team.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday, August 21 named the squad for the 2023 Asia Cup, which will be played from August 30 to September 17. The 17-member squad includes KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, both of whom will be making a comeback from injury. However, keeper-batter Sanju Samson has also been included as a backup player since chief selector Ajit Agarkar confirmed that Rahul has picked up another niggle
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri feels that picking KL Rahul in the Indian playing XI for Asia Cup 2023 is a move fraught with too much risk. Shastri pointed out that the Indian team think is also looking at Rahul as a keeper-batter option, which is an even bigger no given the circumstances.