New Delhi: The national selection committee, on Thursday, announced the fourth string 14-member squad said to form the Board President’s XI who will face Australia in a warm-up game ahead of the five-match One-Day International series followed by a three-match Twenty20 series. Snd what seemed rather eveident is that the selectors are now looking beyond the capilibilites of Yuvraj Singh, as the veteran misses out the cut to find his name among the nation’s top 7 cricketers.
The announcement for sure revealed that the 15 cricketers that had crumbled down a bealeagured Sri Lankan side in the recent ODI series would be retained for the Australia series too. And now with the Duleep Trophy coming into the scene, MSK Prasad-led selection committee chose another 45 players, the top from the domestic circuit. So that completes, 60 cricketers.
With 14 more to go, the panel went for some top performers from the 10th season of Indian Premier League like – Rising Pune Supergiant opener Rahul Tripathi, swashbuckling Mumbai Indians batsman Nistish Rana and yet another Rising Pune Supergiant players who had even proved his worth in the recent Tamil Nadul Premier League, Washington Sundar. Aprt from them, Delhi’s left-arm pacer Kulwant Khejroliya also found his name on the list. Well, he was part of the MI squad this season and also has the ability to hit 140s in terms of pace. What can be worthwhile for this youngster is that the selectors have been keen on finding a left-arm pacer for the squad, ergo an opportunity to be utilised at its best, for Khejroliya.