Left-hand batsman Ishan Kishan and pace bowler Deepak Chahar have been added to the India A squad for the red-ball tour of South Africa. Both the cricketers are currently in Kolkata with the national side for the third and final T20I against New Zealand.
After completion of the series on Sunday, Ishan Kishan and Deepak Chahar will assemble in Mumbai on November 24 and fly from there to Bloemfontein. The India A side, captained by Priyank Panchal, has already reached Bloemfontein a couple of days ago for the three-match red-ball series.
Cricbuzz reported that all-rounder Shardul Thakur could also be asked to join the squad at a later date.
The inclusion of Ishan Kishan and Deepak Chahar is in addition to Hanuma Vihari, who was a late entrant to the 14-member squad that was initially announced by Chetan Sharma-headed selection committee on November 9.
Ishan Kishan, who didn’t feature in the two T20Is so far against the Kiwis, will be the second wicketkeeper in the squad, which only has Upendra Yadav as the first-choice wicketkeeper. Chahar will be an addition to the pace-bowling department, which has four quicks – Navdeep Saini, Umran Malik, Ishan Porel and Arzan Nagwaswalla.
The A team will play three 4-day matches, all in Bloemfontein. with the first match starting on November 23. The second and third games begin on November 29 and December 6, respectively.
India A coaching staff for South Africa tour
The support staff of the team is being headed by coach Shitanshu Kotak. Sairaj Bahutule has been appointed the bowling coach and T Ghosh as the fielding coach for the A squad. Tulsi Ram and Vivek Ramakrishna, two members of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), are travelling with the side as trainers.
The BCCI has deputed selector Harvinder Singh for the 25-day tour and flown the initial 26-member squad directly to Bloemfontein by a charter so that they will not have to undergo quarantine. However, the players have been advised on arrival that their movements in the Free State Province city are restricted only to the ground and the hotel.
The senior men’s team will tour South Africa after the home 2-Test series against Kiwis for an all-format tour next month.