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New Delhi: Delhi Capitals speedster Abesh Khan has been asked by the BCCI to return to the United Arab Emirates after the IPL so that he can join India’s T20 World Cup squad as a net bowler.
The 24-year-old second fast bowler, after Kashmiri pace sensation Umran Malik, who has been asked to join the team and if BCCI sources are to be believed, the Lankey fast bowler could well take a place on the standby list as the World Cup begins on Sunday. India will start their campaign against Pakistan on October 24.
A BCCI source close to the selection committee told PTI on Tuesday, “The national selectors have decided to include Abesh in the mix as well. So far he will be a net bowler but if the team management thinks so, he can be upgraded.”
Avesh bowls fast and in this edition of the IPL, he has taken 23 wickets for the Capitals and is still alive in the DC competition.
He is second in the list of wicket takers and Herschelle Patel is leading with 32 scalps.
“Obsession bowls at an average speed of 142 to 145 clicks, achieves a disappointing bounce from the final side of the deck and stays on the support staff’s radar for some time.”
Avesh was in England as a standby in the Test squad but a finger fracture during India’s match against Combined Counties shortened his tour.
Many believe that Avesh had a good chance to play in the team and five Tests were held in England.
Hardik to return as batsman Venkatesh Iyer Join as cover:
All-rounder Hardik Pandya will be with the Indian team but is expected to play purely as a batsman in the T20 World Cup as his back is still not in a position to take the pressure off fast bowling.
It is learned that KKR’s rising opener-cum-sim bowler Venkatesh Iyer will be asked to stay in the bubble as a cover.

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