NEW DELHI: Pacer Avesh Khan has been ruled out of the rest of the Asian Cup due to a fever-related illness, a senior BCCI official confirmed on Tuesday.
Seamer Deepak Chahar, who was on standby for the tournament, was drafted.
“Avesh has a fever and he also has sinus problems which got worse after the illness. He will no longer be able to participate in the tournament. Deepak Chahar is already there and he will be selected in the main team,” said said a BCCI senior source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Avesh has been in poor form since the West Indies tour and Indian team management’s concerns have grown after he was hit for more than 50 runs by batters from Hong Kong.
He was ruled out of the game against Pakistan due to fever, but coach Rahul Dravid expected him to get fit for the remaining matches.
With Avesh’s sinus issues surfacing, the medical team had no choice but to rule him out.
However, in Chahar, India, there is a very powerful swing bowler, who has a knack for picking wickets in Powerplay overs.
He recently made a comeback on the Zimbabwe tour where he played two Over 50 matches.
Since the Asian Cup squad was announced ahead of the Zimbabwe tour, the coaches were unable to choose him in the main squad as his fitness was not proven at that time.
“In any case, Deepak’s return was only a matter of time because before the injury he was at the top of the pecking order compared to Avesh. Yes, it is an unfortunate circumstance that our fast bowler is absent and we hope Avesh will be fit ahead of the Australian series.” the source said.

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