As fans were eagerly-awaiting to witness the squad of Team India being announced on November 27 (Monday) for the upcoming tour against South Africa, but due to unavoidable circumstances, the national selectors for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could not reveal the news to the media fraternity.
According to the report published on ESPNcricinfo, the convenor of India’s selection panel Amitabh Choudhary, who is further secretary of the cricket Board didn’t make it to the Nagpur owning to delay of his flight from Mumbai.
Pertinently, Choudhary was bound to meet the three-member selection committee which is headed by M.S.K Prasad during the recently concluded Nagpur Test which India won by an innings and 239 runs.
However, the selection panel revealed the squads for third and final Test which is slated for December two at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.
Moreover, with an announcement of the three-match One-day International squad, Rohit Sharma will be leading the team as Virat Kohli has been given an all-important rest in the 50-over format.
Earlier, the selectors were bound to announce the Test squad for South Africa as the bilateral series will kick off from January 5 in Cape Town.
With Choudhury failed to make it to the venue, Prasad alongside Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh were in Nagpur to announce the squad which was revealed on Monday.
In the 15-member ODI squad, Siddarth Kaul and Shreyas Iyer were picked, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar will return to the fold after his wedding.
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Iyer made his entry in the absence of Kohli, as Shardul Thakur makes way for fast bowler Kaul.
With Sri Lanka tour to India will culminate with the Twenty20 fixture on December 24, it’s expected that Test squad against the Proteas would be revealed during the final Test against Lanka
However, for the Delhi Test fixture, the selectors picked the same squad soon after the Nagpur Test was wrapped during the second session of fourth day’s play.
The limited-overs leg will be beginning from December 10 with first ODI in Dharamsala.