Gill on path to recovery; participation in Pakistan game unclear

Shubman Gill is expected to recuperate entirely, but it’s unclear if he’ll play in Saturday’s crucial match against Pakistan. The opening player, 24, who recently recovered from dengue fever, had a demanding Thursday morning on the internet. It is still unclear if he will be permitted to participate in the main event.

Gill arrived at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday at 11:00 AM and stayed there for more than an hour. After warm-up drills, he headed to the fields beside the main stadium to get ready for batting practice.

Gill participated in a net session arranged for him by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) and spent about thirty minutes on the batting nets. There were six bowlers plus a throwdown expert in attendance.Gill’s absence from the starting lineup on Saturday will cost the squad. He faced the dangerous Shaheen Shah Afridi early in the innings and easily struck a half-century, which made him vital to the final Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan in Colombo. India easily won that match with 228 runs scored.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) head, Zaka Ashraf, arrived in Ahmedabad late on Thursday night. According to sources from the Pakistani camp, Ashraf and his spouse arrived in the city and would be in India for the match on Saturday. “He has come here as a guest of the BCCI,” a PCB official said.

In other news, a cultural programme is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, as confirmed by the BCCI. Before the event starts at 2:00 pm, a number of cricket performers have been invited by the BCCI to serenade the crowd. The thirty-minute show is slated to run from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM. As usual, the throw will start at 1:30 PM.

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