India in Sri Lanka 2005-06 June 21, 2005

Indian selectors announce 36 probables

Cricinfo staff

Greg Chappell faces the media after unveiling his first squad © AFP

The Indian selectors have announced a list of 36 probables for the upcoming triangular series to be held in Sri Lanka from August 1 to 14. The list included 16 medium-pacers, 14 batsmen, three wicketkeepers and three spinners.

It was announced that there would be three camps for the probables with the first one being a physical conditioning camp, from June 27 to July 4, exclusively for the fast bowlers. All the shortlisted players would then attend a second conditioning camp from July 5 to 12 before the final camp is held between July 13 to 22.

Sachin Tendulkar, recovering from elbow surgery that might keep him out of cricket till October, was not part of the list. But the SK Nair, the board secretary, said Greg Chappell wanted Tendulkar to attend the camp for a few days.

Most of the list was on expected lines and players with consistent performances in the domestic circuit - like Jai Prakash Yadav, Suresh Raina and Niraj Patel - were chosen. Parthiv Patel was the third wicketkeeper picked along with Dinesh Karthik and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The only selection that can be termed as a surprise was that of Munaf Patel, the fast bowler who plays for Mumbai. Munaf last played a first-class game way back in September 2004 and barring the Irani Trophy game, missed the entire season owing to injury.

List of probables

Batsmen Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Mohammed Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman, Dinesh Mongia, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Venugopala Rao, Niraj Patel, Dheeraj Jadhav, S Sriram, Hemang Badani

Medium-pacers Zaheer Khan, L Balaji, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Gagandeep Singh, SS Paul, Ranadeb Bose, Harvinder Singh, Amit Bhandari, Siddharth Trivedi, Sree Santh, Joginder Sharma, Munaf Patel, JP Yadav, Rajamani Jesuraj

WIcketkeepers MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel

Spinners Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik.