The final of the World Test Championship (WTC) is a few weeks away and the BCCI is likely to send some members of the team to the United Kingdom to begin their preparations. Players from the teams that were dropped from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 will fly to London on Tuesday and begin training for the showpiece event starting June 7.
As per reports in Sportstar, a total of 10 Indian players including Virat Kohli, Akshar Patel, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur will leave the country from Tuesday morning to begin preparations. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will join the camp in the middle of the week.
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It is also learned that Jaydev Unadkat, who was ruled out of the IPL due to injury, has regained fitness and is training with Umesh Yadav at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. The report said that both have been declared fit by the experts.
Mukesh Kumar, who is included in the reserves and played for Delhi Capitals with Axar in IPL 2023, will also travel to England as part of the first batch with head coach Rahul. Cheteshwar Pujara, who will be taking part in the County Championship, will start preparing this weekend.
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Apart from Rohit, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Mohammed Shami, KS Bharat and Ajinkya Rahane are also participating in the IPL 2023 playoffs. The report further states that Suryakumar Yadav and Ruturaj Gaikwad along with the remaining members of the 15-member squad are expected to leave for London on May 29 after the IPL final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 28.
India, who finished runners-up in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship final in Southampton in 2021 after losing to New Zealand by eight wickets, are aiming to win a major ICC men’s title in almost ten years.