Asia Cup 2022: VVS Laxman named interim head coach as Covid pulled Dravid out
VVS Laxman will serve as interim head coach for India in Asia Cup
He replaces Rahul Dravid, who tested positive for Covid19
Dravid is currently in isolation and will rejoin the squad when he tests negative
Dravid is currently in isolation and will rejoin the squad when he tests negative.
"Laxman, who travelled with the Indian team that played the ODI series in Zimbabwe will oversee the team's preparation in the absence of Rahul Dravid, who tested positive for COVID-19 before the team's departure to the UAE. Dravid will join the team once he tests negative and is cleared by the BCCI Medical Team," he said.
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Laxman has joined the group in Dubai, along with vice-captain KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda, and Avesh Khan, who travelled from Harare after competing in the three-match One-Day International series against Zimbabwe.
The coaches were rested for the fixture because there was only one day between the one-off Test match and the first T20I of the series between India and England. Laxman worked with Rohit Sharma's side for the first game, which the Men in Blue won.
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He returned as the stand-in head coach for India's three-match One-Day International series against Zimbabwe, which India won 3-0. Laxman has an 8-0 record as the stand-in head coach and will look to extend his advantage when India takes on Pakistan in the 2022 Asia Cup opener on Sunday.
Meanwhile, other coaches who travelled to Zimbabwe, such as Sairaj Bahutule and Hrishikesh Kanitkar, have returned. On Sunday, India will play their opening game in the Asia Cup against archrival Pakistan.