Ahead of the prestigious Asia Cup 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to give as much as the rest possible for the Team India players. The players who are in England will travel the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a couple of day’s time.

Earlier, it was planned that all the squad members will travel on the same date. However, in the latest development, BCCI decided to send players into two groups. It seems like BCCI wants the players to acclimatise to the weather conditions.

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Indian ODI team (Credits – BCCI)

The ten players who are in India will travel UAE ahead of the players who are in England. So, Rohit Sharma (captain), MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav. Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed will leave for Dubai on Thursday for Asia Cup 2018.

Meanwhile, the players in England, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Shardul Thakur will travel on September 16th to join the 16-member.

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Players in England will travel lately. (PC: Getty Images)

India will start as favourites to win Asia Cup 2018:

Despite the absence of Virat Kohli, India will make their presence in the Asia Cup 2018 as the favourites to win the cup. They will be given hard competition by Pakistan, who are eagerly waiting to bag the cup in their kitty.

Meanwhile, the other teams like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are also waiting to make an impact in the tourney. However, don’t get surprised if Afghanistan flies back home with the trophy.

The Asia Cup 2018 is scheduled to start on September 15th in the UAE. It will be played among six teams who eventually lift the trophy. Afghanistan and recently qualified Hong Kong joined India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.