Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Umran Malik to join Indian team as net bowler for T20 WC; Ashish Kaushik quits NCA. Malik consistently clocked over 150kph in the three matches he played for SRH in IPL 2021.
Malik consistently clocked over 150kph in the three matches he played for SRH in IPL 2021.
Umran Malik will join the Indian team as a net bowler for the T20 WC 2021. The pacer has been asked to stay back in UAE, a Sunrisers Hyderabad official confirmed the development to Cricbuzz.
Although the young pacer from Jammu & Kashmir is relatively inexperienced, Malik consistently clocked over 150kph in the three matches he played for SRH. He was also a net bowler with SRH before he was signed as a short term replacement after T Natarajan tested positive for COVID-19. The BCCI informed Malik about their decision after SRH's IPL campaign ended on October 8.
India, who are placed in Group 2, will play their first game of the T20 WC against Pakistan on October 24.
NCA's head physiotherapist quits
Ashish Kaushik, the head physiotherapist at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, has resigned and will be relieved on October 31. “He is very good with his work, but he has decided to move on. He will finish his notice period by this month-end,” a top official of the BCCI told Cricbuzz.
Kaushik first joined NCA in 2009 and worked as a senior physiotherapist till 2014. He also worked with the Indian side during the 2011 World Cup and later joined as the head physiotherapist in 2017. He was one of the key figures at the NCA headed by Rahul Dravid and enjoyed immense confidence of the former India captain. He recently travelled with the Indian side for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka.
It comes as a setback for BCCI's ambitious expansion plans for the NCA. The board has purchased a big land in Bangalore to convert the NCA into a high-performance centre. His exit also comes at a time when the contracts of the support staff at the academy have ended.
In fact, all the physios and Strength and Conditioning trainers at the NCA have finished their contracts and have been on temporary extension for a couple of months. The BCCI/NCA has undertaken the work of processing the applications and the interviews are also being done. A couple of national selectors are understood to have travelled to Bangalore to help conduct the interviews.
Meanwhile, Kaushik said he has decided to leave the NCA because he thinks it is time for someone else to take over. “I have had the best 10 years at the NCA and the BCCI has been a wonderful employer. I have had the best of support from Rahul Dravid as well. I think it is now time for others to take the work forward,” Kaushik told Cricbuzz. “I have not decided on my future plans but I will stay with sports.”