T20 World Cup: Avesh Khan celebrates taking a wicket for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.© BCCI/IPL
Delhi Capitals pacer Avesh Khan has been asked by the BCCI to stay in the UAE to join India’s T20 World Cup squad as a net bowler after the IPL. The 24-year-old Kashmiri pacer is the second pacer after Umran Malik to have been asked to join the squad and if BCCI sources are to be believed, the lean pacer could well make it to the standby list. Time World Cup is starting from Sunday. India will start its campaign against Pakistan on 24 October. A BCCI source close to the selection committee told PTI on Tuesday, “The national selectors have also decided to include Avesh in the mix. For now he will be a net bowler but if the team management feels he can be upgraded. “
Avesh bowls at a fast pace and in this edition of the IPL, he has taken 23 wickets for Capitals while remaining DC in the competition. He is second in the list of wicket takers along with Harshal Patel with 32 scalps.
“Avesh bowls at an average pace of 142 to 145 clicks, earns disappointing bounce from the flattest decks and has been on the support staff’s radar for quite some time,” the source said.
Avesh was in England with the Test team as a standby, but a strange finger fracture cut short his tour during India’s match against United Counties.
Many believe that if Avesh had been included in the squad and all five Tests were in England, he would have had a good chance of playing.
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