The Indian team for the final of the test world championship is expected to be chosen on Friday. It is believed that the five-member selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma is also expected to pick the team for the series against England.
India are expected to travel to the UK later this month for the WTC final against New Zealand, followed by a long streak against England. Sports star understands that the committee will choose a large team – made up of at least five middle-order batsmen, four openers, nine pacers and about five spinners – keeping the COVID-19 protocol in mind.
“With travel restrictions and the COVID protocol in place, a giant squad is about to be chosen, so that in the event of injuries we have enough back-up,” a Council source said.
Along with Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant, the selectors could also consider Ishan Kishan as a replacement.
Leaving early for England?
With the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Indian team are expected to reach England a little earlier than expected and after the mandatory quarantine they will likely play a few intra-squad matches before the World Championship final. of tests in Southampton between June 18 and 23.
The previous plan was to fly the Indian team on June 2, but BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said Sports star that the board is in contact with the England and Wales Cricket Council and ICC about travel plans and that a decision is expected shortly.
After a nightmarish outing against Australia last December, the selectors can focus on Prithvi Shaw – who has seen huge success in domestic tournaments and in the first half of the IPL. With a giant squad to choose from, the youngster from Mumbai has a chance.
Other than that, the committee is expected to retain almost all of the members who were part of the four-game test series against England in February-March.
While forerunners Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are certain to be part of the squad, the inclusion of Shaw could be a boost to the side. And several sources in the council have indicated that Mohammed Shami, Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja are about to return.
However, in the rhythm department there could be a competition between Navdeep Saini and Prasidh Krishna, while Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma are set for a comeback.
India’s test series will start in Nottingham (August 4-8) and will be followed by matches at Lord’s (August 12-16), Leeds (August 25-29), Oval (September 2-6) and Manchester (10 -September 14)). In the last series, BCCI had taken a few net players and it is likely that the likes of Chetan Sakariya could be considered.
The Indian women’s team is also expected to play one test, three ODIs and as many T20Is in England. While there is a buzz that the women’s team could also be picked on Friday, the selectors have yet to officially hear anything from the board.