India U19 leg-spinner Rahul Chahar has replaced his elder brother Deepak Chahar in the Board President’s XI squad for the two warm-up games against visiting New Zealand side.
It has come to notice that BCCI goofed up in the name of these two and mistakenly mentioned the name of Deepak, instead of Rahul. The 18-year-old leggie has done well enough to get a place in the side, and it was surprising to see him not getting a place neither in the India A side, nor in the Board President’s XI squad and the end, it turned out to be a sequence of comedy.
This is not the first time when BCCI has goofed up in selection as last year, seven of the India U19 players were dropped from the side as the board selected the team with wrong age criteria.
Meanwhile, the call-up has come as a big boost for the youngster as Rahul Chahar had impressed selectors with his leg-spin and his performances against international teams would strengthen his case.
Rahul Chahar, who made his first-class debut for Rajasthan in the last season, will now be playing for Services though as he had switched his base before the start of the season. His brother will continue to play for Rajasthan, a state in which he bowled a spell of 8/21 on his Ranji Trophy debut.
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The two practice games between Board President’s XI and New Zealand will be played on October 17 and 19 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Shreyas Iyer will lead the team in both the matches.
Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Chaudhary, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Mann, Milind Kumar, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, Deepak Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Avesh Khan.