Why are Shubman Gill and Avesh Khan sent home midway through T20 World Cup 2024?

Avesh Khan and Shubman Gill Image: Instagram/Avesh/Shubman

Shubman Gill and Avesh Khan set to return home after India's final ICC Men's Championship match T20 World Cup 2024 against Canada in Florida on June 15. Although both players are currently with the team in Florida, they will not travel to the West Indies for the Super 8 phase of the tournament.

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Why are Shubman Gill and Avesh Khan sent home?

According to reports, Shubman Gill and Avesh Khan have been included in the squad only for the American side, with their return contingent on possible unforeseen injuries. They were part of the traveling reserves due to the logistical challenges the BCCI faces in quickly sending replacements from India to the United States or the Caribbean in the event of player injuries. Despite this change, the other two traveling reserves, Rinku Singh and Khaleel Ahmed, would remain with the team.

The four reserves trained with the main team in New York for the first three matches. Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Rinku Singh were seen cheering for the Men in Blue from the stands during the contest against Pakistan, but Shubman Gill was not present. The right-handed hitter had stayed at the hotel.

Rohit SharmaThe team won three matches at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. However, the weather forecast in Florida is not favorable, with persistent rain over the past 24 hours. India's next match against Canada on June 15 could be canceled.

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India have won all three of their matches in tough conditions in New York and are aiming to maintain their unbeaten run before entering the Super 8 stage. India is scheduled to face Australia on June 24. South Africa and the West Indies are the other two teams already qualified for the Super 8 stage.

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