The Board of Control for Cricket in India has asked the limited-overs specilists who are competing in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy to report in Ahmedabad on March 1 ahead of the five-match T20I series against England.Also Read - IPL 2022 Auction: Why Rohit Sharma-Led Mumbai Indians (MI) Should Target Shikhar Dhawan
Players like Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tewatia and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been included in the squad for the T20 series, beginning in Ahmedabad from March 12. The cricketers playing in Vijay Hazare Trophy are currently in their respective bio bubbles in five cities. Also Read - IND vs SA 3rd ODI: India Look To Avoid Whitewash Against South Africa
“Shikhar is supposed to report in Ahmedabad along with others on March 1. As far as we know, all the white ball specialists have been asked to play 2 to 3 games to be in touch as they will again enter a new bubble with all the COVID-19 protocols in place,” a senior DDCA official told PTI on condition of anonymity. Also Read - SA vs IND: Everyone Will See Today That We Have New Strategies, Says Shikhar Dhawan
Earlier, BCCI announced the 19-member squad for the T20I series on Saturday.
Middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav received his much-awaited India senior team call-up after scoring consistent runs in domestic cricket in the past couple of years. Flamboyant wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan also received his maiden call-up alongside all-rounder Rahul Tewatia, who impressed many during IPL 2020 in the UAE.
Senior paceman Jasprit Bumrah got the much deserving rest after playing regular cricket in the past couple of months. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to the Indian team after recovering from the injury. Bhuvneshwar will lead the pace attack alongside Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
The T20 series will be played in Ahmedabad between March 12 and 20 and will be followed by a three-match ODI series that will be played in Pune between March 23 and 28.
India’s T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.