India sectors announced the new team for Under 19 Asian Cup lately. The tournament will be in Malaysia from November 9 to November 10. The 15-member team of India has left several players off the list from the recently concluded England tour. Only half of the players from the team are selected, while the others are inducted from other tournaments. Although, team India, in the recent tussle in England had a massive victory, the selectors did not want to take the risk of the Asia Cup tournament with exhausted young players. Per the official statement, BCCI has rested several players who are injured and are recovering.
The newly inducted players in the team are Salman Khan, Shiva Singh, Anukul Roy, and Harvik Desai. Both captain and the vice-captain of the team are retained. This leaves Himanshu Rana as the captain and Abhishek Sharma was the vice-captain of the Under 19 Asia Cup squad. Ranji Trophy debutant Anuj Rawat is picked as the wicket-keeper batsman. Rawat has been through a strong form in the current Ranji sessions.
Several players, including Prithvi Shaw was not selected for the tournament. Shaw, the 17 years old striker emerged as the top batsman in the Duleep Trophy. The young cricketer is now into Ranji Trophy, as per BCCI statement. Another player, Rahul Chahar was picked in the Board President's XI team playing against New Zealand.
The Asia Cup tournament was previously scheduled in India. However, finally, it was moved to Malaysia following objections from PCB on player's security. Team India is the winner of the previous version of the tournament. The Under-19 tournament is under the purview of Asian Cricket Council. The ACC moved the tournament to Malaysia. This season, eight teams will tussle in the tournament including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Pakistan.
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