“Bumrah Makes a Personal Trip Back Home”
According to BCCI sources, Jasprit Bumrah is departing for personal reasons and would likely miss the group A match against Nepal.
The team might hardly notice Bumrah’s absence on the field with a Group A encounter against Nepal set for Monday, September 4, and a prediction calling for rain. However, it is yet unclear when he will return.
Some claim that it would be inappropriate to ask for further information because Bumrah’s return to India is due to a personal situation.
However, there is a good chance that Bumrah will make a comeback soon, which would enable him to participate in the subsequent encounter set for roughly a week later on September 10. It is clear that he has obtained approval for this from the BCCI.
India was originally scheduled to play Pakistan in a Super Four match on that day, with further matches tentatively scheduled for September 12 and 15. But there are still two teams to be chosen from among Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka as the opponents for these games. The championship game is slated for September 17 if India advances.
However, the current weather in Colombo, which will serve as the location for both the final and the Sri Lanka leg of the Super 4 games, may require some scheduling modifications. Heavy rains are currently falling in Colombo, and the next week’s weather outlook is not good. According to sources, there are plans to think about moving the games to Pallekele or Dambulla, where the weather is predicted to be more suitable. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC), which oversees the Asia Cup, is anticipated to make a final choice within the next two days.
It’s important to note that September cricket matches normally aren’t played in Sri Lanka. However, this decision was taken as a result of India’s decision to skip Pakistan, the tournament’s official host country. The ACC, whose president is Jay Shah, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has been under fire from Najam Sethi, the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), ever since the India-Pakistan game was postponed on Saturday.
To be fair to the ACC, when the schedule was revealed in July, Colombo was only chosen as a location after thorough assessment of the prevalent weather patterns on the island. Colombo was expected to see more hospitable weather at that time.