West Indies A in India September 10, 2013

Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer to play West Indies A

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan have been picked to represent India A in two four-day games against West Indies A later this month. Gambhir and Zaheer were dropped from the Test side late last year, and Sehwag last played a Test in March. All three were ignored for subsequent A squads, but this call-up - coming just before the start of a fresh season - will give them hope for a national comeback. Also back in the fold was the 32-year-old Mohammad Kaif, who last played a Test in 2006.

These matches clash with the Champions League T20, which could have played a part in some or all of these selections. Missing from the India A four-day side that toured South Africa last month are M Vijay, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha, who will all be playing in the Champions League T20.

Yuvraj Singh, who was dropped for the Champions Trophy and the tri-series in the West Indies, was chosen to lead the one-day side against West Indies A, and also India Blue in the Challenger Trophy, the domestic season opener. Irfan Pathan was picked to lead India Red. Delhi are the third side in the tournament by the virtue of being defending Ranji Trophy one-day champions, and are expected to pick their team and coach soon.

Zaheer and Yuvraj have spent the time outside international cricket working on their fitness in France. Not picked for the A sides, Gambhir represented Essex in county cricket.

India A squad for the first four-day game: Cheteshwar Pujara (capt), Jiwanjot Singh, KL Rahul, Manpreet Juneja, Rajat Paliwal, Harshad Khadiwale, Parvez Rasool, Bhargav Bhatt, Ishwar Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Ashok Dinda, Rohit Motwani (wk), Dhawal Kulkarni, Paras Dogra

India A squad for the second and third four-day games: Cheteshwar Pujara (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sheldon Jackson, Abhishek Nayar, Paras Dogra, Uday Kaul (wk), Parvez Rasool, Bhargav Bhatt, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zaheer Khan, Ishwar Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Kaif

India A squad for the three 50-over games and one T20: Yuvraj Singh (capt), Unmukt Chand, Robin Uthappa, B Aparajith, Kedar Jadhav, Naman Ojha (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Jaydev Unadkat, Praveen Kumar, Sumit Narwal, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mandeep Singh, Rahul Sharma

India Red squad for the Challenger Trophy: Irfan Pathan (capt), Robin Uthappa, Abhinav Mukund, Saurabh Tiwary, Gurkeerat Mann, Kedar Jadhav, Smit Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhimanyu Mithun, Umesh Yadav, Suraj Yadav

India Blue squad for the Challenger Trophy: Yuvraj Singh (capt), Akshath Reddy, Naman Ojha (wk), Sibsankar Roy*, Ankit Bawne, Abhishek Nayar, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Ankit Rajpoot, Vinay Kumar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Iresh Saxena

September 23, 2013, 0950 GMT: Sibsankar Roy was named the replacement for Mandeep Singh, who was ruled out of action for three-four weeks due to a finger injury

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  • ESPN on September 13, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    what if mohammaf kaif n virender sehwag hit centuries.........

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Ashok Menaria is conspicuously absent. What about spinners Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Piyush Chawla?

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Where r bisla,vohra,mayank aggarwal,rajat bhatia,mithun manhas,h vihari,gony

  • Sony on September 12, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    karan sharma and mohit sharma. anyone knows if both are injured. I don't see any other reason for their exclusion.

  • Srikanth on September 12, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Ya this is very good move from BCCI, but i think the selection of M kaif is not a good move because recent performance of M kaif in domestic season is not well, and second thing about K L Rahul he selected only first test but not in 2nd & 3rd test, his recent performances are very good more than U chand, but he is sidelined by Selection commitie.

  • Balaji on September 12, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    The selectors are doing a good job by looking at the captaincy post-Dhoni. Both Kohli and Pujara have been thrown into the mix. This is good because considering the amount of workload Dhoni is shouldering, we cannot look beyond 2 years for the man. The previous selection panel was pretty lousy in many aspects, and this was one of them.

  • Balaji on September 12, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Good selections. The selectors are looking at the options on hand. They are trying to strike a balance between youth and experience. The one thing I don't understand is the continued exclusion of Munaf Patel. He was dumped after a decent series in the Windies in 2011. Though he is no great fielder, but others have got a longer rope than he has. It is not very brilliant to say that the seniors should be excluded. 4 years back, Greg Chappell did this in Aussie domestic cricket, and look at the current state of the Aussie team. Any team should have a healthy mix of youth and experience. Let us not be too hasty in dumping senior players, if they are performing.

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    The selection of sehwag,gambhir has no doubt given them some hope but i think their selection was more bcos of unavailability of few key members who toured SA. Anyways they should make good use of this oppurtunity though i feel WI A bowlers r least expected to trouble the indian baatsmen especially in these benign conditions. Even this duo performs, i dont think much should b read into their prfromance.Personally i feel india should look ahead of these two bcos v have already seen the worst in the consequetive white washes overseas.

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Karan Sharma and Mohit Sharma could have been included in the limited overs fixtures either against WI A or Challengers

  • James on September 12, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    In the past, we have seen Sehwag in full flow against good bowling attacks like Pak, WI, and Australia. But unfortunately when teams like SA and England have improved a lot, Sehwag has been a shadow of himself. Hope he regains his best and we can see him in full flow at least for an year against SA and England. Would be a joy watching Sehwag at his best against Steyn/Philander/Anderson. Zaheer khan is still among the two most penetrative bowlers in India today- along with B Kumar. He should be wisely used keeping his body constraints in mind. Gautam Gambhir still has at least five years of good cricket ahead of him. His replacement- Vijay still looks very much - a temporary arrangement especially against reasonable bowling attacks. Sehwag may be more comfortable in the middle (so is Rohit Sharma)- so there is a scope for an opener along with Dhawan.