With the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 approaching, it has been learnt that most of the Indian cricket team’s players will leave for New York on the 25th of May, dismissing previous rumours that the first batch of the Indian team will leave on the 21st of May including players whose teams fail to make it to the IPL Playoffs.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced a squad of 15 members who will represent Team India in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024 to be co-hosted by the USA and the West Indies.

With the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 ongoing, there were reports that the Indian team will leave for New York in two batches. The first batch was supposed to depart on the 21st of May, 2 days after the IPL league stage finishes, while the 2nd batch was supposed to fly to the USA after the IPL Final on the 26th of May.

However, according to an unnamed BCCI source, the majority of the Indian cricket team’s players will leave for New York on the 25th of May, one day before the IPL Final. Reportedly, the batch will include all the players whose team has failed to qualify for the IPL 2024 Final to be played in Chennai on the 26 May.

“The likes of skipper Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Arshdeep Singh, Axar Patel are some of the players along with support staff who are expected to leave on May 25,” a BCCI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

“Earlier, the departure date for the first batch was May 21 but since India is playing only one warm-up game (vs Bangladesh on June 1), the players will get to spend some extra days at home,” the source further added.

As mentioned above, the warm-up matches for the T20 World Cup 2024 will begin on the 27th of May with India set to play only Bangladesh on the 1st of June. Team India will begin its campaign proper in the T20 World Cup 2024 against Ireland on 5th June. Men in Blue will also face Pakistan, the USA and Canada on the 9th, 12th and 15th of June respectively.

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