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Jasprit Bumrah is Set to Return for India Vs Ireland 2023 T20I Series

Jasprit Bumrah, the fast bowler from Team India, will finally be returning to the field for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Ireland next month.

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Jasprit Bumrah is Set to Return for India Vs Ireland 2023

India's talismanic pacer, Jasprit Bumrah, is set to return to the team for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Ireland scheduled to be played in Dublin on August 18, 20, and 23. The final decision regarding the squad for the series will be taken after a meeting between newly-appointed chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar, team captain Rohit Sharma, and head coach Rahul Dravid.

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Jasprit Bumrah's Comeback
Jasprit Bumrah's last appearance in any form of cricket was during the India vs Australia T20I series in September 2022. The Indian pace spearhead suffered a stress fracture in his lower back, which kept him out of action for almost a year. However, according to reports, Bumrah has made significant progress in recent times and is expected to be selected for the Ireland series.

Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul's Availability
While Bumrah's return is good news for Team India, the availability of batters Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul is still uncertain. Iyer missed the entire IPL 2023 season due to a back injury, but he has resumed batting in the nets. On the other hand, Rahul has been seen regularly in the gym at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. However, according to the latest information, Rahul is yet to start batting, and as a result, he has no chance of featuring not only in the Ireland series but also in the Asia Cup 2023.

Selection Committee's Decision
The new selection committee chairman, Ajit Agarkar, is expected to join the team during the second Test in Trinidad. Salil Ankola, a member of the selection committee, is already travelling with the team. The final squad selection for the Ireland T20Is will be taken after the meeting between the selectors, captain, and coach.

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Team India Coaching Staff's Rest
After the series against the West Indies, the Team India support staff, including head coach Rahul Dravid, batting coach Vikram Rathour, and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, will be given a break. The main reason for the coaching staff's rest is to ensure they have enough time to recuperate before the Asia Cup 2023, which starts on August 31. The team will be coached by VVS Laxman, head of NCA, in Dravid's absence, who will be joined by Sitanshu Kotak and Hrishikesh Kanitkar (batting) and Troy Cooley and Sairaj Bahutule (bowling).

Asia Cup 2023 Schedule
The Asia Cup 2023 is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka and Pakistan from August 31 to September 17. Nine games will be played in Sri Lanka, with Kandy and Dambulla being the venues, while Lahore will host four games. The final schedule, which has been delayed, is set to be released soon.

Conclusion
The return of Jasprit Bumrah is a massive boost for Team India ahead of the Ireland T20I series. However, the availability of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul is still uncertain. The new selection committee chairman, Ajit Agarkar, will make the final squad selection after a meeting with the captain and coach. The coaching staff will be given a break after the series against the West Indies to ensure they have enough time to recuperate before the Asia Cup 2023. Overall, it's an exciting time for Indian cricket, and fans are eagerly waiting for the upcoming series.

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