There has been a lot of uncertainty about the Asia Cup. Earlier, Pakistan Chairman, Ehsan Mani said that the tournament might be postponed to 2023 if India qualifies for the World Test Championship final. But now, if reports are to be believed, the Asian Cricket Council, which is headed by Jay Shah, wants the tournament to go ahead as planned. If that happens, India might send a second string team for the Asia Cup. India will travel to England in June to play the final of the World Test Championship. Post that, they’ll play a five match Test series in England which leaves BCCI with no option but to send a B team to the Asia cup.
“There’s no other choice. We can’t risk the preparation for the series in England. And cricketers can’t twice undergo quarantine. If the Asia Cup happens, India will have no option but to send a second-string squad,” top sources confirmed to Times of India.
With the World T20 lined up later this year, Asia Cup will also act as a testing ground for the Indian team. India’s tour of England is seen as a final frontier for Virat Kohli’s men. Former England skipper, Michael Vaughan said that if Kohli’s team can beat England in English conditions, they’ll be the team of the era. India hasn’t won a series in England since their 1-0 win in 2007. Their most recent tour to England was in 2018 which India lost 4-1. Despite the numbers not favouring India, it was a highly competitive series and the results could have gone either way. India are coming back from impressive series wins over Australia and England and if they can win a series in England, it’ll be a massive achievement.