Pant and Kuldeep named in India squad for West Indies tour

Rishabh Pant

Indian Squad Announced For Tour Of West Indies

Team India is now playing in the ICC Champions Trophy in England.

Interestingly, India's opener Rohit Sharma, who made a comeback to worldwide cricket in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after a long break, has not been included in the squad.

The decision in this regard is likely to come on Friday after Cricket Advisory Committee - consisting of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman -is likely to meet captain Virat Kohli.

Pant seemed to have been rewarded for his excellent showing on the domestic circuit, including impressive displays in the India n Premier League (IPL) tournament.

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Kuldeep and Pant are part of the five players kept on standby for the ongoing Champions Trophy in England. While Rishabh Pant is expected to open the innings alongside Dhawan.

The other significant development is that Anil Kumble has agreed to go to the West Indies.

Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah were left out of the Indian team that will tour the West Indies after the ICC Champions Trophy.

"I am very happy that I am selected for West Indies tour".

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Kuldeep has been on coach Kumble's radar for a long time now and even chairman of selectors Prasad feels he is one for the future.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant and spinner Kuldeep are in contention to make their one-day worldwide debuts in the Caribbean.

Squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Dinesh Karthik.

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