Asia Cup: KL Rahul ruled out of India vs Pakistan clash


KL Rahul, India’s wicketkeeper-batter, will be unavailable for the first match of the Asia Cup 2023 against Pakistan on September 2 in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

KL Rahul is progressing well from the niggle he picked up after recovering from his injury, according to Team India coach Rahul Dravid, who revealed at a news conference today that he will remain under National Cricket Academy (NCA) monitoring till September 4.

“He (KL Rahul) had a good week with us, he is progressing really well on the route that we want to take, but he will be unavailable for the first part of the Kandy leg of the trip.  The NCA will be looking after him while we are travelling. We will reassess him on fourth (September 4) and we will take it from there. The signs are good and he is progressing really well,” Dravid said.

Team India is preparing for the Asia Cup 2023 at a training camp in Alur, Karnataka, on the outskirts of Bengaluru. The Asia Cup will kick off on August 30 in Multan, Pakistan, with Pakistan taking on Nepal.

India will meet Pakistan in their first encounter on September 2 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. Group A consists of Pakistan, India, and Nepal, whereas Group B consists of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. The tournament will be held in a hybrid format, with Pakistan hosting four games over two locations and Sri Lanka hosting the remaining games.