Tamil Nadu duo Shahrukh Khan and Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore have been included as the stand-by players in the Indian squad for the forthcoming six-match white-ball series against West Indies National Cricket Team.
The Indian selection committee has already named the squads for the upcoming three-match ODI and three-match T20I series against West Indies. It was being reported that Shahrukh Khan alongside Rishi Dhawan was in contention for a spot in the Indian squad for the series. However, both the players were not included in the squad, instead, Deepak Hooda was given a spot in the Indian ODI team.
According to a report in Times of India, BCCI selectors have now included Shahrukh Khan and Sai Kishore as the stand-byes due to the fear of the third wave of Covid-19.
“The BCCI wants to have all its bases covered. With the third wave still persisting, the Board cannot take a chance and Shahrukh and Sai Kishore have been added to the squad. Sai Kishore will be a good handy bowler at the nets too,” TOI quoted a source.
Tamil Nadu Team Forced To Find Replacements For Shahrukh Khan And R Sai Kishore
Tamil Nadu team will be forced to make changes in the squad for the upcoming Ranji Trophy games after Shahrukh and S Kishore have been added to the Indian squad.
“Once the West Indies series would have ended, Washington would have been available. So the management was okay to play the first couple of matches with 19 players. Now the team composition might change with both Shahrukh and Sai missing. A final decision will be taken in the next two days,” the source said.
Ranji Trophy will be conducted in two phases this season. The league stage is likely to begin in February and the knockout stage will be played in June. Also, Chennai is expected to host the games.
The marquee domestic competition, Ranji Trophy, was set to commence in January but it was postponed on January 4 due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country.
“When the initial phase was planned, Chennai was supposed to host Plate matches. BCCI are likely to keep the schedule intact. The knockout phase starts in June and it is the start of the monsoon in the country. However, Chennai doesn’t get much rain during that phase. So BCCI is likely to schedule the knockout phase in Chennai,” the source said.
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