IND vs ENG: Avesh Khan omitted, Akash Deep gets test nod amid speculation

Criticism mounted against the BCCI selectors as Avesh Khan, initially part of the IND vs ENG squad for the first two Tests, found himself excluded from the subsequent matches against England. Instead, Bengal pacer Akash Deep received a maiden Test call-up, sparking speculation about the reasoning behind the decision.

According to TOI, the selectors’ choice aimed to offer Khan valuable playing time, prompting his inclusion in the Ranji Trophy squad for Madhya Pradesh. Despite being sidelined from matches in February, the move seeks to provide Khan with essential game exposure to hone his skills.

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In his place, Akash Deep was chosen based on his impressive performances for India A, showcasing his potential as a worthy replacement. However, regardless of these changes, the source reiterates that the frontline pacers for India in Rajkot will remain Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.

With the selectors’ decision now illuminated, attention turns to the upcoming Test match in Rajkot, where India aims to secure a pivotal victory against England.