Karachi:India have decided to rest all-rounder Irfan Pathan for their opening match of the Asia Cup against minnows Hong Kong on Wednesday as the Baroda pacer is yet to recover from a side strain.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said there is no major injury concern with Pathan but "it has been decided to give him some rest".
Pathan may play the second match on June 26 against hosts Pakistan.
The Indian team underwent a long and strenuous practice session under lights at the National stadium with Dhoni, who has indicated he will bat up the order, spending quite long time at the nets.
There were reports that Pathan has picked up a knee injury after the Kitply Cup last week but Dhoni said, "it was not serious and the left arm pacer just needed some rest".