Asia Cup 2023: Jasprit Bumrah is back to home for personal reasons
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has verified that Jasprit Bumrah has returned home for personal reasons. He is anticipated to miss the Group A matchup against Nepal.
The team might not be without his services on the field on Monday, September 4, given that an Associate team will be their opponent, as well as the day’s forecast, which mostly calls for rain. His precise return date is still unknown, though.
It would be unjust to demand more information because those familiar with the matter insist that he has returned to India due to a personal emergency.
Nevertheless, he is likely to return sooner rather than later, making him potentially available for the next fixture, which is scheduled almost a week later on September 10. Evidently, he has taken permission from the BCCI.
According to the initial plan, India would very certainly play Pakistan in a Super Four matchup on that day if they were to qualify. The opponents for the other games, which are most likely to be played on September 12 and 15, have not yet been determined. Between Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, there will be two teams. If India wins, the championship game will be held on September 17.
However, the schedule may undergo some alterations due to the current weather conditions in Colombo, the venue for the Sri Lanka leg of the Super 4 games and the final. Colombo is currently experiencing heavy rains, and the weather forecast for the next week is not very encouraging. Sources have revealed that efforts are being made to consider moving the games to Pallekele or Dambulla, where the weather is expected to be more favorable. A final decision is anticipated within the next two days from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), the organizers of the Asia Cup.
Sri Lanka is not typically favored as a cricket venue in September, but it was selected due to India’s decision not to travel to Pakistan, the designated hosts of the championship. Since the India-Pakistan game was washed out on Saturday, Najam Sethi, the former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has been criticizing the ACC, whose president is Jay Shah, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
In all fairness to the ACC, Colombo was selected as a venue only after careful consideration of the weather situation this month. When the schedule was announced in July, the prevailing weather patterns on the island were taken into account, and at that time, Colombo was predicted to experience clement weather.