Medium pacer Kamal Passi, one of the three Punjab players selected in the India squad for the under-19 Asia Cup, is all set to miss the event due to injury concerns. The 19-year-old pacer from Amritsar developed a swollen knee during the preparatory camp and is now undergoing rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy, Bangalore.
"It is disappointing to get ruled out of the prominent event at this point of time, especially when U-19 World Cup (in August) is nearing. However, I am taking it very well. Injuries are part and parcel of the game. After taking the required rest, I hope to soon get back to full fitness and start gearing up for the World Cup," said the bowler, who along with Patiala's Sandeep Sharma and Chandigarh's Manan Vohra, was selected to the 16-member Asia Cup squad early this month.
The tournament is to be held in Malaysia from June 23 to July 2. Besides India, five other tea-ms-Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Malaysia- will take part in the tournament.
Passi was also the part of the national under-19 team that took part in the quadrilateral series, involving hosts Australia, England and New Zealand, this year in April. While India had gone on to win that series, Passi had emerged as the second highest wicket taker for the country with seven wickets from five matches.