Dravid & Co. to skip Ireland series

After the current series against the West Indies, India’s head coach Rahul Dravid and his support staff will take a holiday, and the National Cricket Academy (NCA) personnel will oversee the team’s tour of Ireland. The final two T20Is of the ongoing multi-format series will be played in the United States, and reports have revealed that Dravid and other members of his coaching team, including batting coach Vikram Rathour and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, will travel there before returning home in August.

The coaching staff’s absence is primarily to give them time to rest and recover before the Asia Cup, which begins on August 31 and is followed by a number of commitments, including a three-match ODI series against Australia, before the World Cup’s conclusion on November 19.

VVS Laxman, the head of the NCA, will be in charge of managing the team in Ireland. It is likely that he will be assisted by batting and bowling coaches, who will be chosen from among Sitanshu Kotak, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Troy Cooley, and Sairaj Bahutule, respectively. When India visited Ireland for a few T20Is in June of last year, Laxman coached the team at the time.

The dates of the three Twenty20 International games this time around in Ireland are set for August 18, 20, and 23 in Dublin.

Although the team for the Ireland series has not yet been decided, Hardik Pandya is anticipated to captain the group. After Ajit Agarkar speaks with Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma face-to-face, it’s expected that the exact team makeup will be determined. Soon, most likely during the second Test in Trinidad, the new chairman of the selection committee is anticipated to go with the team to the West Indies. A member of the selecting committee named Salil Ankola is already on the team’s journey. The Indian squad, who won the first Test in Dominica, will depart for Trinidad on Monday to play in the second Test.

Jasprit Bumrah is anticipated to be chosen for the Ireland series, according to sources. The India spearhead has made huge strides lately. Shreyas Iyer’s availability is not guaranteed, however, KL Rahul has no chance of participating in the Asia Cup or the Ireland series. Rahul is undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA right now, and the most recent data indicates that he has not yet begun hitting. Contrary to several claims, there have been no modifications to the Asia Cup schedule, which is anticipated to be published soon. As previously decided, Sri Lanka will host nine matches, with four of the games taking place in Pakistan at Lahore and the Sri Lankan leg in Kandy and Dambulla. 


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