India batsman, KL Rahul, has not been released by BCCI to play the semifinal of Ranji Trophy and he will continue to be part of the team. Earlier, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) had itself confirmed that the batsman had been released to play the semifinal game but later, the decision was revoked and Rahul has been retained in the T20I side to face Sri Lanka.
The news of Rahul being released from the T20I side was a surprising one as never BCCI has released a player – who is a confirmed member of playing XI – to play in domestic cricket rather than playing at international level. Reports had suggested that the move to release Rahul was taken to give some red ball practice.
The Indian team will be flying to South Africa soon after the conclusion of the T20I series. Since BCCI has already cancelled the practice game; the practice sessions will the only way through which the players will get used to the conditions in South Africa.
The team management is carrying a special lot of four additional pacers to manage the workload of the pacers in the team.
Meanwhile, players like Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha are all set to play the Ranji Trophy game for Bengal. They have been allowed by BCCI to play the game. Umesh Yadav was also released, but reports have suggested that he is nursing an issue and might not play. The Vidarbha team management is also yet to confirm his availability.
The semifinal games will start on December 17. Karnataka will face the first-time semifinalist, Vidarbha in Kolkata while Delhi will take on Bengal in Pune.
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