Updated: Sun, 28 Aug 2022 10:57 AM IST
Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has recovered from the novel COVID-19 infection and reached Dubai to join the team ahead of its highly anticipated clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, reported news agency ANI quoting sources.
Dravid, a batting great, tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the team's departure to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In his absence, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) named National Cricket Academy (NCA) head VVS Laxman as India's interim coach.
"Team India Head Coach Rahul Dravid has tested positive for COVID-19 in a routine test conducted ahead of the team's departure to the UAE for Asia Cup 2022," said BCCI secretary Jay Shah in a statement earlier. "Dravid is under the supervision of the BCCI Medical team and has mild symptoms. He will join the team once he returns with a negative COVID-19 report."
Rohit Sharma-led India on Sunday will lock horns with Babar Azam's Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium. Last time, the two sides contested against each other was at the ICC T20I World Cup 2021, with Pakistan beating India by 10 wickets.
The India vs Pakistan match will begin at 7.30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST) while the toss will take place at 7.00 pm.
Ahead of the much-anticipated clash, skipper Rohit has said that his side will focus on the game instead of the outside hype. In a press conference, the 33-year-old also said that the "mood in the camp is buzzing".
"It is always challenging to play Pakistan but what is important for us is what we want to achieve together than thinking about the opposition," Rohit said. "You people can create the hype, I'll focus on the match."
"If we get a chance to try, we need to try combinations. We will keep on experimenting and we should not be scared to find new answers, whether it is batting or bowling combinations. We have got a lot of answers in the last 8-10 months. When the T20 World Cup starts, we will see what needs to be done," he added.
FULL SQUAD OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN:
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Avesh Khan.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammed Hasnain, and Hasan Ali.