Monday, 26 September, 2022

India name Laxman interim head coach for T20 Asia Cup

India name Laxman interim head coach for T20 Asia Cup

Former batsman VVS Laxman will be the interim head coach of the Indian side for the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates, the country's cricket board said Wednesday.

The Twenty20 tournament begins on Saturday, with Sri Lanka taking on Afghanistan.

India's first match is a blockbuster clash against arch-rival Pakistan on Sunday in Dubai.

Laxman will oversee the team's preparation in the absence of Rahul Dravid, who tested positive for Covid-19 before the team's departure to the UAE, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a news release.

Laxman, who heads India's National Cricket Academy, had also travelled with the Indian team for the recent one-day series in Zimbabwe.

Dravid will join the team in UAE once he tests negative and is cleared by the BCCI Medical Team.

The squad, led by Rohit Sharma, assembled in the UAE on Tuesday for the six-nation tournament, which also serves as a warm-up for the T20 World Cup in October.

Laxman has linked up with the squad along with vice-captain KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda and Avesh Khan, who travelled from Harare, the BCCI statement added.