The board said in a statement that Harshal has yet to recover from his rib injury and that is why he has been banned from the series. It is important to note that Harshal did not play in a single match in the ongoing T20I series.
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The BCCI has not made clear whether Harshal, who has not played a single game on the ongoing white ball tour, suffered the injury after reaching the Caribbean or whether he carried the injury from the earlier England tour. He played all three T20Is in England, with mediocre returns – four wickets at an average of 23.25 and an economy rate of 8.45 – even as India won 2-1.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul is almost ready to return for the Asian Cup. The senior batsman has been out of action since IPL 2022 for a variety of reasons. He recently underwent surgery and was due to tour WI but was banned from the series due to COVID-19.
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In addition to Rahul, Virat Kohli also seems ready to return his India. The former national captain has had a rest from the game since the England tour.