India A in West Indies 2012 April 27, 2012

India A to tour West Indies in June

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Cheteshwar Pujara, who is looking to work his way back into the national Test team after recovering from a knee injury sustained during the 2011 IPL, will lead India A on a tour of the Caribbean in June. West Indies A will host India A for three four-day matches, three one-day matches and two Twenty20s on the tour, which begins in Barbados on June 2.

Pujara will be assisted by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Rohit Sharma, Abhinav Mukund, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Dinda, Rahul Sharma and RP Singh also feature in the 15-man squad named by the BCCI. The team will play three four-day matches, three one-dayers and two Twenty20s in all.

West Indies chief selector Clyde Butts said that A tours provide an opportunity for fringe players to develop their game at the international level and impress the selectors. "The West Indies Cricket Board has shown a commitment over the last few years to providing a number of opportunities for our players to develop," he said. "We hope that the players selected will take the opportunity to play meaningful cricket and put their hands up in the hope of making the senior team."

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  • Varun_R123 on April 30, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Why the hell BCCI is not selecting Badrinath even in the A team ?? They are too much biased against him..

  • guptha460 on April 30, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    I wish all the best for Indian cricket team..!

    This team not good for T20's . Apart from rohit and rahane no one hit a big shots. Some times shikar also doing great job for team.Now a days rayadu also play good cricket in all formates and his also part time wicket keeper as well as his hitting big shots. we would like to give more chances to rayadu, dinesh karthik, uthappa, nandeem,avana,appana,pankaj sing and pathan brothers.

  • Vishwa30888 on April 29, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    My squad : Rahane, Rohit, Mukund, Manoj Tiwary, Pujara, Badrinath(inspite of his age), Awana, Aaron, Pankaj Singh/Pathan, Dinda, Harbajhan, Rahul Sharma, P Ojha, Saha, Dinesh Karthik/V Saxena.

  • on April 29, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Congratulations to selector for selecting such a good India 'A' for west indies tour... Keep up the good work!

  • cricketmaniagola on April 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Not selecting Pankaj Singh is baffling n poor....bowling is a worry...Balaji is still good enough to play test cricket....cd have been given trial ahead of R P Singh....VRV Singh is another name that cd have be considered...everyone talks eSrt twin batting failures in Australia n England but bowling was even poor....Zaheer n I shant failed.....badly......atleast Sreesanth took a five for in SA....therefore..no point ignoring him...his asset is his aggression which India needs badly in bowling department.......

  • on April 29, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    pujara is not good for captain post...

  • on April 29, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    It is good to see some new faces in India"A" team and BCCI is also providing opportunities to the Youngsters Off course there are one or two surprising inclusions but the most promising and prominent cricketer Ambati Rayudu should have been given a chance.

  • vickytheboss on April 29, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Why BCCI going to take badrinath?

  • anshu.s on April 29, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    @Neeraj Gupta,i agree with your assesment that most of the batsmen selected are India test prospects but you got to see that this team has got to play 3 odi's n 2 T-20's as well.You tell me apart from Rohit and Rahane which batsmen can hit big shots consistentily and maintain strikerate of 120,may be on there best day Manoj Tiwary and S.Dhawan can do that.Coming back to 4 day squad Manish Pandey was having a terrific season before he did his hernia and Mandeep was good for Punjab what did Shikhar Dhavan do for Delhi in Ranji this year.All i em saying for limited over leg of the series we should sent M.Pandey,S.Tiwary,A.Menaria,Awana,Rayudu,P.chawla,Nadeem,Biinny.Anewys all the batters mentioned were part of the Emerging players tournament in Aus last year.

  • on April 29, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    i m really worried about the current lot of indian bowlers : z.khan,u.yadav,i.sharma,v.aaron,s.sreesanth,a.dinda,v.kumar,p.kumar,i.pathan,m.patel,r.p.singh,a.nehra only first 6 are quick enough or good enough to play test cricket,india needs to stop looking at v.kumar,p.kumar,i.pathan,m.patel and r.p.singh for test matches and try to groom 2-3 FAST bowlers especially for test matches like a.nechim,p.awana and whoever else who is quick .....

  • Varun_R123 on April 30, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Why the hell BCCI is not selecting Badrinath even in the A team ?? They are too much biased against him..

  • guptha460 on April 30, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    I wish all the best for Indian cricket team..!

    This team not good for T20's . Apart from rohit and rahane no one hit a big shots. Some times shikar also doing great job for team.Now a days rayadu also play good cricket in all formates and his also part time wicket keeper as well as his hitting big shots. we would like to give more chances to rayadu, dinesh karthik, uthappa, nandeem,avana,appana,pankaj sing and pathan brothers.

  • Vishwa30888 on April 29, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    My squad : Rahane, Rohit, Mukund, Manoj Tiwary, Pujara, Badrinath(inspite of his age), Awana, Aaron, Pankaj Singh/Pathan, Dinda, Harbajhan, Rahul Sharma, P Ojha, Saha, Dinesh Karthik/V Saxena.

  • on April 29, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Congratulations to selector for selecting such a good India 'A' for west indies tour... Keep up the good work!

  • cricketmaniagola on April 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Not selecting Pankaj Singh is baffling n poor....bowling is a worry...Balaji is still good enough to play test cricket....cd have been given trial ahead of R P Singh....VRV Singh is another name that cd have be considered...everyone talks eSrt twin batting failures in Australia n England but bowling was even poor....Zaheer n I shant failed.....badly......atleast Sreesanth took a five for in SA....therefore..no point ignoring him...his asset is his aggression which India needs badly in bowling department.......

  • on April 29, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    pujara is not good for captain post...

  • on April 29, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    It is good to see some new faces in India"A" team and BCCI is also providing opportunities to the Youngsters Off course there are one or two surprising inclusions but the most promising and prominent cricketer Ambati Rayudu should have been given a chance.

  • vickytheboss on April 29, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Why BCCI going to take badrinath?

  • anshu.s on April 29, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    @Neeraj Gupta,i agree with your assesment that most of the batsmen selected are India test prospects but you got to see that this team has got to play 3 odi's n 2 T-20's as well.You tell me apart from Rohit and Rahane which batsmen can hit big shots consistentily and maintain strikerate of 120,may be on there best day Manoj Tiwary and S.Dhawan can do that.Coming back to 4 day squad Manish Pandey was having a terrific season before he did his hernia and Mandeep was good for Punjab what did Shikhar Dhavan do for Delhi in Ranji this year.All i em saying for limited over leg of the series we should sent M.Pandey,S.Tiwary,A.Menaria,Awana,Rayudu,P.chawla,Nadeem,Biinny.Anewys all the batters mentioned were part of the Emerging players tournament in Aus last year.

  • on April 29, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    i m really worried about the current lot of indian bowlers : z.khan,u.yadav,i.sharma,v.aaron,s.sreesanth,a.dinda,v.kumar,p.kumar,i.pathan,m.patel,r.p.singh,a.nehra only first 6 are quick enough or good enough to play test cricket,india needs to stop looking at v.kumar,p.kumar,i.pathan,m.patel and r.p.singh for test matches and try to groom 2-3 FAST bowlers especially for test matches like a.nechim,p.awana and whoever else who is quick .....

  • on April 28, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    oh common guys,selectors cant please everybody,the selectors needed to pick an india a squad,which means the next bunch of players who r in india recoking or are in the test match squad for a while and come on guys,stop jumping the gun on rohit sharma,he is yet to play test matches,u all r mixing the two formats together. again i m repeating,if sehwag and gambhir are not playing,whom will u have ? s.dhawan,a.mukund and a.rahane or rather@axe_hay's Ishank Jaggi , Mandeep Singh,Kedar Jadhav, Harshad Khadiwale, Abhishek Nayar,Yashpal Singh.............just name me any player who r better than this current lot of batsman:s.dhawan,a.mukund,a.rahane,c.pujara,r.sharma,m.tiwary,w.saha,even the likes of s.badrinath,m.pandey and a.rayadu could not get into this team,so u can imagine how strong is our batting,but i dont agree with the selection of bowlers and i dont know about few of the,but as far as i am concerned,a.dinda,v.aaron,s.sreesanth should have been certainities in the squad..........

  • Mr_Anonymous on April 28, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Amarnath is now a selector and Sandeep Patil is now the director of the NCA (I did not know that when Dav Whatmore left for the Pak Coaching job, they had appointed him) and I am very happy to see Patil as the director of the NCA (congratulations to him). That rules these 2 gentlemen out of the head coach role for these tours.

    I hope they find some good coach who is interested in helping youngsters and can be a head coach for the India "A" team for a couple of years. I sincerely hope the BCCI continues to have a couple of these tours every year to different locations (Eng, Aus, SA, NZ, WI) where the playing conditions would be a lot different from India to give the youngsters chance to acclimatize to them. I can't think of anyone offhand although Kiran More, Chandrakant Pandit, Lalchand Rajput, Praveen Amre, maybe even Gundappa Vishwanath should be asked for their interest in the job (although I don't know if their current role will allow them to take this opportunity).

  • Mr_Anonymous on April 28, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Firstly, congratulations to the BCCI for restarting the India A tours and I am happy to see the tour being undertaken to the West Indies. There is no international cricket at that time with the next planned international outing being the World T20 in September. That will give the seniors a chance to rest and the promising youngsters a chance to test their mettle in non-familiar/non-home conditions.

    I think any team they select would be good as it gives the youngsters a chance to test out their skills out in different conditions (in the future, there could be other tours planned to England, Australia, SA etc).

    I think an English county stint for the following players for a couple of months would help them develop further as they are not going as part of the India A touring party: Umesh Yadav, Sreesanth, Raina, Jadeja, Rayudu, Awana, S. Nadeem, Pankaj Singh.

    Who is the coach? I wish it was Sandeep Patil or Mohinder Amarnath. Need a bowling coach too (TA Sekar? Prasad? Srinath?)

  • thaks- on April 28, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    LEADING RUN SCOREER OF DULEEP TROPHY ANUSTUP MAJUMDAR IS NOT IN THE TEAM ITS REALLY SURPRISEING.BENGAL SELECTORS R ALSO REPONSIBLE FOR THESE IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE SELECTED HIM IN A DO OR DIE MATCH WERE HE SCORED A BRILLANT HUNDRED AND GAIN FIRST INNING LEAD AND BENGAL WENT ON TO WIN THE MATCH.HE WAS SELECTED IN DULEEP TROPHY HE SCORED TWO CENTURYS.THEN COMES DEODHAR TROPHY STARTED WITH A CENTURY AND IN THE FINAL WITH A HALF CENTURY.HE SCORED RUN IN ALL FORMAT WHAT MORE A PLAYER CAN DO.MOHINDER JI AND OTHER SELECTORS LOOK FOR THE FUTURE PROSPECT OF TEAM INDIA.HOW MANY TIME U ALL HAVE SEE ROHIT SHARMA,SURPRISILY R.P.SINGH.WHAT GOING ON ...

  • on April 28, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    hi...........it very happy that Shami ahmad selected for west indies tour in India A

  • on April 28, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    what about Uthappa?? he don't deserve a chance!!! after such good performance!!

  • muski on April 28, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Well BCCI has loads of money to send some guys to Carribean for sightseeing. Mohinder who famously called the Selectors a bunch of jokers is now one of the jokers of the pack picking this ridiculous team. Why on earth would guys like Rohit Sharma and RP Singh make this squad. Were there not more deserving youngsters like Rayadu. Instead of RP Singh, a guy like Sreesanth could have been asked to go to see if he is ready once again for International Cricket. Maybe even a chance to Vinay Zol. If he has been indentified as an amazing talent given his 400 odd runs in a domestic match, it would do him no good to while his time on RCB Bench. This kind of talent requires the right exposure at the right time and what better way than to send to a A tour where the youngster would have nothing to lose. Historically our selectors are foolish enough to blood these youngsters in away tours to Eng or SA or Aus and then dump them if they fail. This trend should stop.

  • on April 28, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Batting is fine, glad the fringe players are on it seeing that they have played little or no test cricket the experience will be good. Bowling selections are poor, Saxena clearly a quota pick. Would have been go too see how Jadea fares in FC cricket overseas as Vinay Kolhatkar says he could provide a 5th bowling option in home tests. RP Singh sadly seems nothing like the bowler he was in 07 so that pick is a waste. For me ideally the squad would have been- Jadeja in for Saxena, Awana and Pankaj in for Rudra Pratap and Bhuvaneshwar. I am not sure why consistent FC bowlers like Pankaj and Awana are being ignored, even Shami Ahmed, for all his relative pacy-ness, has had a few good matches as opposed to a few seasons like Pankaj Singh

  • on April 28, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    I AM SHOCKED TO SEE SOME OF THE COMMENTS HERE LIKE:a)why not india a tour to aus,sa and end,let me tell you,india a have toured these countries before,and they are yet to tour wi...b)excuse me,the team to be selected is for india a ,not india c or d,so only players who are in india recoking or have played for india before and lost form now will get a chance, not like Awana ,J Kaushik, pankaj singh, Shirvastav,Samad Fallah,TP Sudhindra,L Balaji, Bharghav Bhatt ,Surya Kumar Yadav, Mandeep Singh,they are not anywhere close to india selection..c)there are 3 four-day matches to be played in wi,so considering that there are 11 players in the team which havent played any tests so plz stop telling that rohit,sharma,rahane should'nt be in the squad who havent played any tests.So considering this ,my ideal squad would have been 1) S.DHAWAN ,2)A.MUKUND,3)A.RAHANE,4)R.SHARMA,5)M.TIWARY,6)C.PUJARA,7)W.SAHA,8)A.DINDA,9)V.AARON,10)R.SHARMA,11)SREESANTH(to prove his match firness) ,max word excedded.

  • on April 28, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Ravi Jadeja should be tried as a no 6 batsman in the 4 day games. If he could play test cricket at no 6, India can have 5 bowlers in the test squad.

  • anshu.s on April 28, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    What a dissapointing selection !! atleast good thing in IPL is we get to most of our domestic talents on display.I agree with some readers who stated that people like Rohit Sharma,A.Rahane,Manoj Tiwary,Saha who are already part of team India shoudn't have been selected,instead we should have given Mandeep Singh,Awana,Manish Pandey,S.Tiwary,A.Menaria,Pankaj Singh,Naddeem,even some from u-19 team,who the heck is Jalaj Saena !! Hirwani the selector is from M.P so the qouta,why R.P Singh again.Pls don't forget this team is also supposed to play 3 ODI''s n 2 T-20's as well.Apart from Rohit Sharma n Rahane no batsmen looks like hitting big shots.

  • on April 28, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Rohit Sharma? why the hell is he in the A side, give chance to someone else. Rohit Sharma is already a playing member in the ODI side, unless they they haveing first class matches I dont see the point of him being in the squad

  • on April 28, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    No mandeep singh? that must be a joke :/

  • Ankarvi on April 28, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Where is Parvinder Awana. The young lad has been doing well. Not sure why RP Singh selected. Also expected Dinesh Karthick to be in. Hard luck guys.. Anyways all the best for the tour..

  • aryan-is-dravid-fan on April 28, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    @ Sahil Mahajan - Saha did very well and scored a bunch of centuries and good scores in the Zonal Duleep trophy after returning early from Australia. I think he is close to pushing Dhoni in the test team if Dhoni wasnt the captain. SO I consider it a good selection. Dinesh Karthik is good too, but needs to be consistent - India will soon need someone to replace Dhoni in tests and Saha and Karthik are the favourites.

    I do agree with most that RP and Sreesanth should prove themselves on domestic scene and not in IPL or A tours. Would have liked to see Aaron, Pankaj, Nadeem, maybe Gony, and Ojha (although he is already test quality, just very underrated). The bowling could have been much better than the guys they have selected.

  • on April 28, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    ANUSTAP MAJUMDAR WAS IS IN VERY GOOD FORM IN DULEEP TROPHY & LIMITED OVER RANJI WITH SOME CLASSY INNINGS. WHY HE IS NOT SELECTED. ITS WASTAGE GIVING CHANCE TO PLAYERS LIKE R.P.SINGH,ROHIT SHARMA.THEY ARE HAVING ENOUGH EXPERIENCE & EXPOSURE.IF THEY NEED TO BE INCLUDED INTO "A" TEAM FOR DEVELOPING THEIR SKILL,TEMPERAMENT & EXPOSURE THEN I DONT SEE ANY FUTURE IN INDIAN CRICKET.RATHER I SHOULD SAY TGHERE IS NO NEED TO PLAYERS LIKE RAHUL DRAVID TO RETIRE.

  • dubeyshubhakar on April 28, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    rp singh's name is wastage and one name is missing-ambati rayudu.saurabh tiwari may be included. i m not satisfied with the selection. some players are for picnic party.

  • on April 28, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Rayudu is always an under-rated cricketer despite his performances..May be a selector from Andhra if forced into the selection committee will pick him up..

  • S.Jagernath on April 27, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    A decent line-up.Maybe R.P Singh is a shock,Varun Aaron or Pankaj Singh would have been better choices.Mandeep Singh should have been on tour too.Cheteshwar Pujara needs to perform,he has a lot of competition now.Overall its good to see India organising tours to help less experienced cricketers.

  • Nampally on April 27, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    I applaud the selection of C.Pujara as the captain of the team. He has the best credential to lead India in the Tests.That is the best choice the Selectors have made. However there are 6 unknown players in the squad at the expense of some really deserving youngsters like Rayudu,Ojha, S.Nadeem & Aaron. These 4 guys have potential to play in tests with some more experience. The bowling in the squad is a big question mark whilst batting has a group of excellent talented players. This is where Ojha, Nadeem & Aaron would have given some punch with real talent.It is amazing how the Selectors always make the team unbalanced repeatedly with the same errors.Re-introduction of RP Singh is a big surprise.I think these India A teams must always include potentially the future test players - not the favourites of the Selectors!.

  • Ishoo on April 27, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Its very disheartening to see likes of Rohit Sharma still being given chances and being called young.....They are still ignoring the likes of Stuart Binny,Surya Kumar Yadav,Mandeep Singh....Surya Kumar Yadav must have been in the team if the team is being selected on the basis of performance and talent...he is any day better than Rohit Sharma,Abhinav Mukund...

  • on April 27, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Disappointed selection...no robin uttahapa or badrinath in the squad..badri did fairly well in west Indies last tym India was dere..but y is he not in squad..saha has not done anything special..DINESH kartik or ambati rayadu wud have been a better option..n more variety in pace department...no sreesanth in squad too...my picks wud hv been...Rahane,mukund,shikhar dhawan,utthappa,badrinath,manoj tiwary,rohit sharma,pujara,rayadu,ashok dinda,sreesanth,shami ahmed,rahul sharma....extras wud b.....pankaj singh,rp singh,shadab nadeem..

  • on April 27, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    why rp singh in d sqaud???where s sreesanth????.....bad selection..

  • yadavrohit on April 27, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    i dont think that BCCi had selected the team format wise. I think in shorter format there should be Uthappa. in 4 day matches there should be piyush chawla. can anyone tell that in which channel these matches will broadcast? or shre the link for internet.

  • xylo on April 27, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    @Fareen agree with you. I believe this tour is to try and get these players-for-the-future some international experience. India is not scheduled to play any international tests for the next two years, and these players' chances were blanked out thanks to the free-loading "legends".

  • on April 27, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    well great to see such tours being organised and it will be a great exposure for these guys ,but this should not stop here and tours to places like Eng,SA,Nz and Aus should be arranged too but this is not a bad start with the u 19 tour too. I dont agree with the bowling department ,i think Aaron should have been given a chance maybe the spinners like Ojha and Ashwin who dont have much overseas experience could have also gone .The batting department is awesome and i think with Dravid retiring there is another place up for grabs and also hope Rohit does well. Its not fair to have a same team for all 3 formats

  • on April 27, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Why Rohit Sharma? They should have given this place some other deserving domestic batsman who is still to find his footing in the Indian team. Rohit has already been given many chances. And he is anyways a regular in Indian team now. What's the purpose of selecting him in India A?!

  • on April 27, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Werz AT Rayudu? whyz he not picked ? Strange

  • on April 27, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    India should conduct more of such tours. In fact it should send it's reserve players overseas more often. Not only would this reduce the burden on the senior players, but would also provide an excellent opportunity to the youngsters to gain some valuable experience. One player who deserves a chance in an overseas tour is Iqbal Abduallah. He's a talented left arm spinner.

  • on April 27, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    What about Shahbaz Ndeem? Nice to see Sami Ahmed from Bengal. Who is Akshay Darekar? Why RP has been picked? After all a good squad.....

  • RohithMedisetty on April 27, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Why isn't Rayudu playing? He's a good player and deserves a chance

  • Fareen on April 27, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Pujara should be in the Indian team batting @ no. 6.

  • on April 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    All the best guys..you are all the future of indian cricket!

  • Percy_Fender on April 27, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    On seeing the team one is left wondering how Jalaj Saxena, and R P Singh have made it. Suriya Yadav should have been in the side along with Abu Nechim. I am surprised why Yadav has not played any match for MI after the first match. But I am happy that Shami Ahmed has been brought in.He is highly rated by Wasim Akram and has done well in the limited chances he has got.Amongst batsmen, maybe Mandip could have got the nod He looks good. Iqbal Abdullah is another one who deserves a chance as does Shabaz Nadeem. I hope the selectors keep these names in mind whenever the sit down to name future teams.

  • Soumya_Joy_Dasgupta on April 27, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    This would have been my team 1)A Mukund 2)A Rahane 3)C Pujara 4)R Sharma 5)M Tiwary 6)I Pathan 7)W Saha 8) R Sharma 9)A Dinda 10)P Singh 11)P Ojha12)M Pandey 13)A Rayadu14)L Shukla 15)S Ahmed 16)J Saxena. Unlucky to miss out R Bist, A Majumder, N Ojha, S Binny, V Aaron, S Jakati

  • on April 27, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    gud 2 c such tours...... My personal opinion is players like ashwin,ishant,umesh yadav,varun aaron should play county cricket... we had seen wat county cricket can do 2 a bowler(ZAK) expecting these guys form the future attacks.....

  • bvnathan on April 27, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    A good initiative but a lot of questions on the squad. (1) what was the basis of selection of this squad; (2) Is there any team member(s) from the U19 squad that toured Australia?; (3) who are the fast bowling prospects tested (why RPS?); (4) Any all-rounders in the squad? Ideally the squad for the tour should have included 6 batsmen, 2 WKs; 3 all-rounders; 4 fast bowlers and 3 spinners - which would have given about 5-6 players as potential India prospects. YES, I fully agree that IndiaA tour to England, Australia and SouthAfrica will be more beneficial. At least 3 tours can be scheduled in a year on home/away basis which will be a HUGE PLUS

  • on April 27, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Happy to see Robin Bisht.

  • axe_hay on April 27, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Instead of sending players already tested in the International arena they should have tried some upcoming Talent. Among Batsmen - Ishank Jaggi , Mandeep Singh,Kedar Jadhav, Harshad Khadiwale, Abhishek Nayar,Yashpal Singh,Ambati Rayudu,Manish Pandey and Vineet Saxena could have been tried. Uday Kaul is a good choice for Wicketkeeper. He has the highest domestic avarage for wicketkeeper batsmen in India. Bowlers who could be tried are TP Sudhindra, L Balaji, Bharghav Bhatt, Iqbal Abdulla, Varun Aaron ( on fitness), J.Unadkat , S Nadeem and Samad Fallah. This would have really tested who is ready at the international level and who is not.

  • Naresh28 on April 27, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Rohit Sharma should not be there, he is a definitive in India squad. Rayudu is a gutsy player who should be given a go at India A. Pace bowling is not developing at all - try someone like ATUL SHARMA out in this department.

  • on April 27, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    i don't think rohit is a good selection. Bcz he is regular with the national team in all formats last session. He will replace by raina who is struglining for run and they will reruired a left hander in middle order. They will pick harbhajan in place for rahul.

  • on April 27, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I hope Indians get to play against a lot of fast bowlers on good pitches (not completely batsman friendly) and perform well.

  • on April 27, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    I have a question. Will these players be back for the Sri Lanka tests in June-July? Because I think that pujara, rohit,mukund and rahane should be in the test squad.

  • aks1812 on April 27, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Again the same selection policy of selecting 10 good players followed by 5 quota selections.....Or else how would your explain the absence of the highest wicket taker T P Sunidhra.....the best allrounder this season Stuart Binny or the hard working vineet saxena....Or the find of the season Pankaj Singh

    Keep it up BCCI

  • on April 27, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    wre is promising fast bowlers???????? can BCCI find out atleast single fast bowler.............................

  • on April 27, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Why was Rayudu and Binny left out....they have been really performing well at domestic level....

  • KannanAnanya on April 27, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    badrinath could have been given a chance......

  • on April 27, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    ya insted of touring west indies dey should tour england...and well i think rohit will perform really well..hopefully ..

  • buntyj on April 27, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    agree with kc but good to see shami ahmed in side he gets good lift; hope rahane not overlooked to give chances to mukund

  • MJtheKing on April 27, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    How many chances will RP singh get, he was embarrassment in England last year after arriving from Miami on his hols. Should be grooming likes of Unadkat, Yadav, Shirvastav, etc. Also maybe some of the left arm spiiners from IPL would have been better than Rahul Sharma who wouldn't spin it on a dustbowl.

  • royalg on April 27, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    first of all they shud hav taken a bigger squad, shud give every player a chance, Parvinder Awana shud hav been given a chance ahead of RP SINGH, iqbal abdulla shud hav been given a chance, ambati rayudu cud hav gone aswell,

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Still no chance for Abu Nechim,Pradeep Sangwan? Happy to see Shami Ahmad is the linup. I want to see Abu Nechim - Shami Ahmad partnering the newball.

  • Ravi_Hingolkar on April 27, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Why the hell is RP singh there? What about pankaj singh,abu nechim ahmed etc who have been consistently taking wickets for the last 3-4 seasons. Why this obsession with rp singh

  • Percy_Fender on April 27, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Excellent news indeed.It is wonderful that a man with a sane mind is the Captain. He is a great batsman, a brilliant fielder and a young man with the temperament that Captains need. Pujara is in fact the right man to lead India.I agree that Robin Bist should have been in the team. Touring West Indies is a good beginning. I hope the BCCI follow up with such tours to Australia South Africa and England in quick succession. Some will then automatically make the senior team. I hope the BCCI would also work on getting county slots for Umesh Yadav,Shami Ahmed Pujara Rahane and Mukund. That is the way to go.

  • niks_in03 on April 27, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    India A should travel to England, South Africa and Australia first.

  • CricketMaan on April 27, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    BCCI has ego issues with ECB hence no A tours vs Lions.Its also intresting rather strange to see the same 15 for all 3 formats. I thought we have some specialists. To put Pujara incharge of T20 is horrible. It should be Rohit or even a Raina. RP has done nothing to earn a spot rather it should be Awana or J Kaushik who did well in Ranji.

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    10 of 16 members have already played for india.should have given some other untested players an opportubity

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    where is ambati raydu . shabaz nadeem

  • Rajit on April 27, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Dearth of bowling talent.Would have made sense to try out Jadeja & Irfan in the longer format and also why is Varun Aron is missing?

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Playing in Caribbean heat will be a good test for these youngsters and good opportunities to develop confidence of playing abroad.

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on April 27, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    sad that just 1 player from the Ranji champions makes the side - Robin Bist. At least Vineet Saxena should have been picked...for his bloody-minded batting.

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Agree with Kc, a tour to England or Australia would work better. But again, WI pitches are damn tough too.

  • on April 27, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Why to tour West Indies? Tour to England, South Africa and Australia would be beneficial as per Indians poor inclination on batting standards playing there !

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  • on April 27, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Why to tour West Indies? Tour to England, South Africa and Australia would be beneficial as per Indians poor inclination on batting standards playing there !

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Agree with Kc, a tour to England or Australia would work better. But again, WI pitches are damn tough too.

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on April 27, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    sad that just 1 player from the Ranji champions makes the side - Robin Bist. At least Vineet Saxena should have been picked...for his bloody-minded batting.

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Playing in Caribbean heat will be a good test for these youngsters and good opportunities to develop confidence of playing abroad.

  • Rajit on April 27, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Dearth of bowling talent.Would have made sense to try out Jadeja & Irfan in the longer format and also why is Varun Aron is missing?

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    where is ambati raydu . shabaz nadeem

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    10 of 16 members have already played for india.should have given some other untested players an opportubity

  • CricketMaan on April 27, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    BCCI has ego issues with ECB hence no A tours vs Lions.Its also intresting rather strange to see the same 15 for all 3 formats. I thought we have some specialists. To put Pujara incharge of T20 is horrible. It should be Rohit or even a Raina. RP has done nothing to earn a spot rather it should be Awana or J Kaushik who did well in Ranji.

  • niks_in03 on April 27, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    India A should travel to England, South Africa and Australia first.

  • Percy_Fender on April 27, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Excellent news indeed.It is wonderful that a man with a sane mind is the Captain. He is a great batsman, a brilliant fielder and a young man with the temperament that Captains need. Pujara is in fact the right man to lead India.I agree that Robin Bist should have been in the team. Touring West Indies is a good beginning. I hope the BCCI follow up with such tours to Australia South Africa and England in quick succession. Some will then automatically make the senior team. I hope the BCCI would also work on getting county slots for Umesh Yadav,Shami Ahmed Pujara Rahane and Mukund. That is the way to go.