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Former Indian selection bats for adding Arshdeep Singh to Asia Cup team

Later this month, the United Arab Emirates will host the 2022 Asia Cup T20. The competition begins on August 27, with India expected to play their opening match against arch-rivals Pakistan the following day.

This Sunday’s (28 August) match at Dubai International Stadium will mark the first time these two sides have met at close range since the T20 World Cup, when Pakistan beat India for the first time in a World Cup competition.

Pakistan’s line-up for the six-team competition has already been announced, while the Indian team will be announced on Monday 8 August following the conclusion of the five-game T20I series against Pakistan.

India national cricket team (Photo credit: Twitter)

Saba Karim wants Arshdeep Singh in the Indian team for the Asia Cup

India has rated up to 31 players in the shortest version of the game since the conclusion of the 2021 Men’s ICC T20 World Championship. So when the selectors meet in Mumbai on Monday to choose which side they will have an ample pool of players to choose from.

India tested most of the players in tempo attack and most of them did well enough to make a claim. But because there is so little space, most are left out.

Arshdeep Singh.  PC AP
Arshdeep Singh. PC AP

However, teenage bowlers ass deep singhwho made his T20I debut against England last month and has since faced West Indies in their first three more T20I games, according to former Indian selector Saba Karim.

Karim feels that Arshdeep is now one of the best pacesetters in the nation, at least in the shortest format, and that he should be picked for the team for that quality, more than the variety a left-armed seam master can offer.

“I don’t agree with the theory that they should play Arshdeep just because he’s a left arm sailor and they need variety. He should play because he’s one of the best three-four fast bowlers right now. Saba told India News Sports.

Arshdeep Singh’s performance in the last two games may take him to the T20 World Cup: Reetinder Singh Sodhi

Reetinder Sodhi, a former Indian cricketer and selector who was a member of the same body, joined the former stumper in sharing his thoughts on Arshdeep’s stellar start in international cricket.

Arshdeep Singh (Image credit: Twitter)
Arshdeep Singh (Image credit: Twitter)

The Punjab pacesetter’s performance in the last two games against West Indies in the United States will determine his status in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup, according to Sodhi.

“Arshdeep Singh already looks ready and has delivered whenever his team needed him. In any crunch situation, he seems to have confidence in his shoulders and is very calm under pressure.

His variations were also spot on and he should focus on the upcoming games. If he does well in the last two games, he will definitely go to the final [T20] World Championship.”

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