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First batch leaves for WTC; Kohli and Ashwin to fly later

The London-bound Indian team is to leave in batches starting tomorrow. The first group of about 20 members, consisting mostly of the members of the support staff, including Rahul Dravid, will leave in the early hours of Tuesday. The congregation of the full squad for the June 7-12 World Test Championship (WTC) final will happen only by May 30, after the final of the IPL on May 28.
With their teams out of reckoning for the IPL play-offs, players like Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj will be part of the first batch. Virat Kohli and R Ashwin, whose teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals are out of the IPL, will be leaving later, most probably on May 24.
Umesh Yadav, whose team Kolkata Knight Riders is also out of the IPL, may also reach England later. Net bowlers Akash Deep (a medium pacer from Bengal) and Pulkit Narang (an off-spinner from Delhi) may be part of the first batch. Aniket Choudhary (a left-arm pacer from Rajasthan) and Prithvi Raj Yarra (a left-arm pacer from Andhra) may join later.
The original plan was to send the first batch immediately after the IPL league stage, which concluded on Sunday. However, some players have requested the BCCI to be allowed to leave at a later date. “There may be departures everyday till May 30,” said a BCCI official in the know. “Logistics arrangements are being made for almost every day.”
Jaydev Unadkat, who has been undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for a shoulder injury, is expected to be fit for the WTC final and he may leave after May 27. Of the three standbys, Mukesh Kumar will be part of the first batch and the other two, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Suryakumar Yadav, will travel after their IPL sides, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, finish their engagements.
Meanwhile, it is emerging that the team may not get a warm-up match and the plan now is to play a game among the touring members after everyone arrives in London. The final against Australia will take place at the Oval in London.



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