On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced their squad for the warm-up game against England Lions. They picked up young unit for the game, who have displayed their skills in the ongoing Ranji Season. The Jharkhand skipper Ishan Kishan will be leading the troop.

Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan will lead Board President’s XI in a three-day warm-up game against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram from January 18-20. The players involved in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals have not been considered for selection, said the BCCI in a statement.

Pavan Deshpande,Ishan Kishan
Pavan Deshpande. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Jharkhand’s left-arm spinner Pappu Roy, rookie Mumbai fast bowler Tushar Deshpande, Andhra batsman Ricky Bhui have earned their places in the side. Deshpande, who has been injured for the better part of the season, has been called as the national selectors alongside Virat Kohli wants to increase the pool of fast bowlers.

Further, Anmolpreet Singh, who was bought by Kings XI Punjab and Himmat Singh were also present in the side. The lanky fast bowler Pankaj Singh has also been drafted in the side that included Jayant Yadav.

Jayant Yadav
Jayant Yadav was also called-up. (Credits – BCCI)

England Lions will play five one-dayers against India A, starting January 23, before turning their attention towards two four-day encounters. It was the series, where Rishabh Pant was asked to prove his mettle in finishing the games.

All in all, it was a pretty decent squad announced by the board for the warm-up game. Though the game doesn’t have any special importance, the performances will be looked closely and will get the reward for the same in upcoming games.

Also, here is the squad:

Ishan Kishan (C & WK), Rituraj Gaekwad, Anmolpreet Singh. Deepak Hooda, Rajat Pattidar, Ricky Bhui, Himmat Singh, Mayank Markande, Jayant Yadav, Pappu Roy, Pankaj Jaiswal, Tushar Deshpande, Navdeep Saini.

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