Ahead of the intriguing Boxing Day Test, BCCI set to announce the ODI squads for the upcoming Australia and New Zealand series. It is also learnt that they will be announcing the squad for T20I series, where the inclusion of MS Dhoni is on the cards.

The reports that surfaced suggesting that KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik are going to take the axe for the upcoming series. KL Rahul was in poor form of late, across the formats while Dinesh Karthik is going to be unfortunate, as the team composition isn’t going to suit him.

KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik are standing on a thin Ice:

With Rishabh Pant having the backing of Virat Kohli and the team management, Dinesh Karthik will make a way for MS Dhoni in the T20I series. The BCCI selectors might take that decision in order to give the match practice for MS Dhoni, who hasn’t play much of international cricket in the recent past. On the other hand, it would be interesting to see the replacement for KL Rahul.

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MS Dhoni might return to T20I squad. Getty Images

As per the reports in Mumbai Mirror, BCCI will be meeting today to decide on the squads for the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand. Along with that, they will also be closing the squad selection for the T20I series against New Zealand. The reports maintain that Dhoni is not going to be the topic of the discussion and he is almost sure to get a place in the squads for both the ODI and the T20I series.

Mumbai Mirror reckons that despite Dhoni’s comeback to the squad Pant is guaranteed a place in the squad. However, it is Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul who bear the risk. As per the report, either of Karthik or Rahul will make way. Nonetheless, the rest of the players will be retaining their places.

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KL Rahul (Photo credit – ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Apart from those two players, rest of the players might retain their spots in the side. Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion would be another major intriguing factor, who performed brilliant during the absence of Hardik Pandya.

India will play three ODIs against Australia – January 12 (Sydney), 15 (Adelaide) and 18 (Melbourne). It will be followed by a five-match ODI contest against New Zealand – January 23, 26, 28, 31and February 3. And then a T20I series against the Blackcaps – on February 6, 8 and 10.