The head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, Ravi Shastri, has reached Dubai as part of a change in the schedule regarding going to the UAE for the ICC T20 World Cup. It is understood that he has reached Dubai before the scheduled time due to some of his personal work. He was earlier to leave for Dubai on October 8 along with batting coach Vikram Rathor, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar. These three coaches will now leave for UAE on October 7 and upon arrival, they will be in a six-day quarantine and will start working from October 13.
Ravi Shastri has advanced his departure for the T20 WC and has already reached Dubai due to some personal work. He was initially scheduled to leave with other coaches – Vikram Rathour, bowling Bharat Arun and R Sridhar — on October 8. (Via – Cricbuzz)
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According to a report in InsideSports, Team India will be staying at the Chennai Super Kings hotel in Dubai. Shastri will take part in the shooting of a documentary film there. Then most of the Indian players playing the IPL will also be free for the pre-World Cup routine. All Indian players except the finalists of IPL 2021 will join the Indian bio-bubble in Dubai for the T20 World Cup camp. Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja and mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not be available till October 14. Their teams have reached the playoffs of IPL 2021. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, will be available to join the Bio-Bubble after October 7.
The ICC T20 World Cup will be Shastri’s last stint with the Indian team. T20 will be the last tournament for Virat Kohli as captain and Ravi Shastri as coach. The Indian team will start their campaign in the tournament with the match against Pakistan on October 24. Shastri will step down as coach after the T20 World Cup. He has already said that he does not want to extend his term.