Reserve players Deepak Chahar, Ravi Bishnoi and Shreyas Iyer have been dropped from traveling. Chahar is suffering from a back injury. He sustained an injury in the recent bilateral series against South Africa. Similarly, Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out due to severe back pain. BCCI is yet to name a replacement for him.
The 15-member squad flew to Perth on October 6. The team had a week-long training camp along with a practice match against Western Australia XI. The next practice match game is on October 13.
Mohammed Shami last played a T20I match in the 2021 T20 World Cup played last November. His last competitive cricket was in July when India toured England.
The first match for India will be against Pakistan on October 23. It is believed to be high-voltage combat between the arch-rivals. Ahead of it, the team is to play two official World Cup warm-up matches against Australia on October 17 and New Zealand on October 19.
India and Pakistan are in Group 2 of the Super 12 along with South Africa, Bangladesh and two qualifiers from the first round.
Meanwhile, Umran Malik and Kuldeep Sen have been dropped from the event due to visa issues. An official announcement from BCCI states Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj are replacing the two pacers. They impressed the selectors in the last IPL. The bowling speed of Malik touched 157 kmph-mark in the league.
BCCI earlier said, "Other net bowlers will be flying in a few days. We tried for their visas but couldn’t get it done on time. That’s why they have been asked to play Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy."
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is a domestic T20 cricket championship organized by BCCI. A total of 38 teams are featured in the event.
Former Australian speedster Brett Lee earlier said Umran Malik should have been part of the 15-member squad as he bowls at the speed of 150 km per hour. He stated, “I mean, when you have the best car in the world, and you leave it in the garage, what’s the point of having that car?”
Indian Squad for T20 World Cup
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Suryakumar Yadav.
Teams Featuring in T20 World Cup
Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, West Indies.
T20 World Cup Venues
Adelaide Oval - Adelaide, The Gabba - Brisbane, Kardinia Park - Geelong, Bellerive Oval - Hobart, Perth Stadium - Perth, Melbourne Cricket Ground - Melbourne, Sydney Cricket Ground - Sydney.