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Coach Dravid to join team in UAE; Laxman set to depart

Dravid will link up with the India squad ahead of their Asia Cup opener against Pakistan.

Ahead of India’s much-anticipated Asia Cup 2022 opener against Pakistan, head coach Rahul Dravid is set to join the squad. The former India captain, who is expected to reach Dubai late on Saturday (August 27) night, will be in the dressing room during the clash against the arch-rivals.

Cricbuzz also understands that VVS Laxman, who was named interim coach in the absence of Dravid, will fly back home. It is learned that his return flight is on Saturday night itself and he will not be with the side for their tournament opener on Sunday. “He is returning home tonight,” said a source in Dubai.

Laxman’s presence in Dubai was necessitated as Dravid, who tested positive for COVID-19, could not travel with the Indian side on August 23.” Mr. Laxman has linked up with the squad in Dubai along with vice-captain Mr. KL Rahul, Mr. Deepak Hooda and Mr. Avesh Khan, who traveled from Harare,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had said on Laxman’s arrival in Dubai from Harare while naming him the interim coach.

Mr. Laxman, who traveled with the Indian team that played the ODI series in Zimbabwe will oversee the team’s preparation in the absence of Mr Rahul Dravid, who tested positive for COVID-19 before the team’s departure to the UAE. team once he tests negative and is cleared by the BCCI Medical Team,” the BCCI had said.

The interim arrangements were made because it was initially expected that Dravid would take at least one week to get back. However, the former captain’s recovery is understood to have been a quick one.

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