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India squad for South Africa tour not announced due to flight delay

With the work still impending, the selection panel will meet during the India vs Sri Lanka third Test in Delhi and announce the squad.

BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary attends a media session. (Photo Source: Twitter)
BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After the culmination of the Sri Lanka tour, the Men in Blue are supposed to travel to South Africa for the all-important overseas sojourn. The squad for the same was supposed to be announced on Monday. However, it wasn’t possible and has been postponed for a bizarre reason. According to reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection panel convenor Amitabh Choudhary failed to make it to Nagpur on time for the scheduled meeting due to a flight delay.

The meeting was scheduled to take place at the team hotel in Nagpur where skipper Virat Kohli was already there with other important members, including MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi, and Sarandeep Singh as reported by IB Times. With the work still impending, the selection panel will meet during the India vs Sri Lanka third Test in Delhi and announce the squad.

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The team selection for the Proteas Test series will be a tricky one. The management is yet undecided as to how many players India will take to South Africa. It could be anywhere from 16 to 18 players. It all depends on the pacers-and-spinners combination the team will want in the South African conditions.

Selectors name squad for limited leg of the Sri Lanka series

Though the Indian Test squad for the Africa tour was not picked, the selectors went ahead and announced the squad for the three-ODI series against Sri Lanka between December 10 and December 17.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been rested for the series. However, there may be a ‘possibility’ of him returning to white-ball action for the ensuing T20I series. In his absence, Rohit Sharma will take on the captaincy reigns. The will be the first time the Mumbai Indians skipper will lead the national team. Punjab medium pacer Siddarth Kaul seems to the biggest inclusion in the ODI side while Ajinkya Rahane also finds his name among the 15.

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