SA vs IND 2017: BCCI to Announce Test Squad After Delhi Test Match
The India squad for the Test series against South Africa will be announced after the conclusion of the third and the final Test between India and Sri Lanka that will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, as per a report in Cricketnext,
“The idea was to wait a bit and pick a team either during the finishing stages of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Ferozeshah Kotla or wait till the game ends. There is no hurry as most of the players pick themselves and it is just a few spots here and there that need to be looked into before making the final call,” said the official to Cricket Next.
Now, the selectors will announce the squad after the conclusion of the third Test, and a press conference is expected to be held by the concerned authorities. The selectors are expected to announce a 17-member squad, with two surprises to be named in the team.
The first could be Parthiv Patel, who might go as a reserve wicketkeeper for Wriddhiman Saha. India has had a policy of sending reserve wicketkeepers on foreign tours. Saha himself used to go along with the team as a reserve wicketkeeper for MS Dhoni on the tours to England, South Africa, Australia etc.
The second surprise could be Japrit Bumrah, who can prove to be a surprise factor on this tour. Reports had suggested he has a competition with Kuldeep Yadav for a spot in the team and Bumrah might get an edge over him.
However, the team management is keen to test out the bench strength in the Delhi Test before finalising the squad for the tour.
Selectors are expected to retain almost every member of the squad which is playing against Sri Lanka barring Vijay Shankar, who is a backup for Hardik Pandya. Since Pandya would go to South Africa, Shankar might not get the opportunity for this tour.
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