Yashaswi Jaiswal replaces Ruturaj Gaikwad as backup opener at WTC Finals

Jaiswal is in great shape this season. Playing for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, he scored 625 runs in 14 matches and in the Ranji Trophy he managed to score 404 runs in five matches.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) initially included Gaikwad as a reserve player for the WTC final, where India will face Australia at the Oval on June 7. Gaikwad told BCCI he would be able to join the team after June 5, but coach Rahul Dravid was looking for a replacement.

He (Jaiswal) will join the Indian team, as Gaikwad told us he couldn’t fly because of his marriage. He will be able to join the team after June 5. (But) coach Rahul Dravid called and asked the selectors to pick his replacement. So Jaiswal will fly to London soon, a BCCI spokesman told The Indian Express.

India captain Rohit Sharma and Ishaan Kishen will leave for London on May 28, while Suryakumar Yadav will leave on May 30 along with Mohammed Shami, Shubman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja, who will play in the IPL final on Sunday.

The Indian team has left for London in separate batches and those already there have started training.

BCCI to announce World Cup schedule during WTC

Meanwhile, the BCCI will announce the ICC ODI World Cup schedule during the World Test final, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said. However, the fate of the Asia Cup will be decided by the members of the Asian Cricket Council.

The Indian Council held a special general body meeting in Ahmedabad to form a committee to handle the ODI World Cup and the Women’s Premier League. Regarding the ICC Cricket World Cup venues, each officer will be responsible for each venue. We are looking at all the metropolitan areas as venues for the tournament, Shah said.

As for the next edition of the Women’s Premier League, Shah said: We will hold discussions with broadcasters and decide on a window. We will look at the window until March 2024

To address player injuries, the Indian Council created a structure in which each state association would appoint a strength and conditioning coach, as well as a sports science and sports medicine team. Candidates will be interviewed by a committee of the National Cricket Academy.

Travel is also planned for the India A team, and the board is currently negotiating with England and New Zealand.

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