The India under-23 team, which is scheduled to compete in the Asian Cricket Council’s Emerging Teams Cup at Singapore, is busy training at the National Cricket Academy here.
The ACC tournament will be held at Singapore from August 17 to 25 and besides India and host Singapore, the other teams are Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UAE, Afghanistan and Nepal.
The Indian team’s coach Mukund Parmar expressed confidence in the squad and said: “We are confident of doing well in the series as several of our players have played for India ‘A’ sides.
“I want to prepare the team in such a way that they would be raring to go when they reach Singapore. We have a balanced side and batting is our strength with skipper Surya Kumar Yadav, K.L. Rahul, under-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand and Ashok Menaria, besides two all-rounders in Akshar Patel and Baba Aparajith who can deliver when it matters.”
The team: Surya Kumar Yadav (captain), K.L. Rahul (vice-captain), Kaustubh Pawar, Ankit Bawane, Unmukt Chand, Ashok Menaria, Manpreet Juneja, B. Aparajith, Smit Patel, Prashant Chopra, Jasprit Bumrah, Sandeep Warrier, Harshal Patel, Akshar Patel and Sandeep Sharma.