The BCCI is all set to announce India’s T20 World Cup Squad today by 9 pm. The announcement of India’s T20 World Cup Squad will be made by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah & Selection Committee Chairman Chetan Sharma.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee will meet on Wednesday to pick the Indian Cricket Team for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to be hosted by BCCI from October 17 to November 14, 2021, in the UAE & Oman. The selection meeting will be followed by a press conference,” read a BCCI release.
According to reports, the selectors have had a discussion with Captain Virat Kohli & Ravi Shastri. Another meeting to finalize the selection was going to be held on Wednesday morning. India will also carry additional players as COVID-19 contingency.
A top BCCI Official & one of the members of the selection committee has confirmed to the media that the selection committee have decided on the 15 members Indian squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 & the announcement will be made today by 9 pm.
When the BCCI Official was asked whether Ravi Shastri who is serving a quarantine period will be able to join the conference call to which the Official said, “He has mild symptoms but otherwise doing better. So, he should be able to join. But that depends on his health. We already have had a discussion. So, if he is not able to join the call, it will not be a problem.”
As per the sources, India Captain Virat Kohli & the selection committee already had a discussion before the IND vs ENG 4th Test 2021 at the Oval about India’s T20 World Cup Squad selection & the team was decided during that particular meeting.
The source also said that the discussion was only about few additions to the squad as they have already decided on India’s T20 World Cup Squad.
“We already have a set squad and the discussion was only about a few places. The team management has already discussed those with the selectors. We just need to have a final announcement.” the source said.
India will carry more than 15 players to the UAE even though the International Cricket Council will bear the expenses for only 15 players. The decision of carrying more players to the UAE was made considering Injury & COVID-19 cover. According to sources, the Indian team is expected to have a 20-member squad including injury and COVID-covers. However, the exact number of India’s squad is not yet confirmed.
“You can see in the UK, the 25-member squad doesn’t seem to be enough or in Sri Lanka, we had to bring in net bowlers for the T20 series. So, there will be more than 15 players. And it should not be a problem because all the players will be moving from the IPL bubble to the T20 World Cup bubble,” the source added.
India’s Potential 15-member squad for T20 World Cup:
- KL Rahul
- Rohit Sharma (VC)
- Virat Kohli (capt)
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Rishabh Pant (WK)
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Shardul Thakur / Deepak Chahar
- Mohammed Shami
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Mohammed Siraj
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Hardik Pandya
- Ishan Kishan (WK) / Shreyas Iyer
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Shikhar Dhawan / Rahul Chahar
Reserves & Injury cover: Washington Sundar, Varun Chakravarthy, Prithvi Shaw, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna
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