Gambhir, Yuvraj ruled out, Sachin rested for WI tour

first_imgfAs expected, the BCCI has confirmed that Gautam Gambhir will miss the entire tour of the West Indies to recuperate from his shoulder injury.Yuvraj Singh will also be unavailable for the full tour. Yuvraj is suffering from an upper respiratory infection, with a small patch of pneumonitis in the left lung. Joining the injury list is swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag, who had opted out of the IPL mid-way on account of his shoulder injury that needed to be operated up.Suresh Raina will lead India against the West Indies during the LOIs. APSuresh Raina will lead the Indian team for the ODI series and a T20 match, while offie Harbhajan Singh would be his deputy. Shikhar Dhawan and Manoj Tiwary have been named as the replacements for Gambhir and Yuvraj.Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gambhir, who aggravated his shoulder injury during the last league game against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League playoff, had been advised six weeks’ rest by the KKR physio Andrew Leipus. The BCCI then received a report from the Indian team physio before taking a final call on the southpaw’s availability for the tour to West Indies. The selection committee, led by Kris Srikkanth, met in Chennai on Friday to pick the Test squad and decide the captain for the first half of the tour. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar requested that he be allowed to spend time with his family. He will, therefore, not play the Test series. However, he will be available for the full tour of England that follows.advertisementParthiv Patel too finds a place in the squad. Virat Kohli and Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund are the only uncapped players in the Test squad.Limited-overs squad: Suresh Raina (capt), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh (vc), Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan.Test squad: M S Dhoni (Captain), V V S Laxman (Vice Captain), M Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel.ScheduleDateMatchVenue4 June 2011Only Twenty20Queens park oval, Trinidad6 June 20111st one dayQueens park oval, Trinidad8 June 20112nd one dayQueens park oval, Trinidad11 June 20113rd one dayViv Richards stadium, Antigua13 June 20114th one dayerViv Richards stadium, Antigua16 June 20115th one dayerSabina Park, Jamaica20 June 20111st test matchSabina Park, Jamaica28 June 20112nd test matchKensington Oval, Barbados6 July 20113rd test matchWindsor Park, DominicaNo 1 team, No 2 squadOn a day when chief selector Srikkanth tried his best to sound confident by saying ‘we have selected the best side’, questions are being raised if the IPL is being given too much prominence at the expense of the national pride.While it is believed it’s a depleted side, Srikkanth may beg to differ: “Let’s not go deep into the issue. Sachin deserves rest. Some people are not well.”So, even as cricket analyst Charu Sharma, while talking to Headlines Today, seemed to concur with Srikkanth, saying, “Injuries you can’t control. Some players need rest”, senior sports journalist Gulu Ezekiel maintained players were giving ‘national duty’ a go-bye. “While cricketers are willing to carry niggles through IPL, they skip international matches,” Ezekiel said.”What if India lose the series 5-0 and their numero uno status in the ODI? There will be more questions then. Plus, it’s very offensive that the BCCI is sending a second-rung team to the West Indies. It’s a slap in the face of the Windies, who have a great cricketing tradition. If India want to show West Indies are dispensable, such arrogance is shameful,” Ezekiel told Headlines Today, adding, “Indian fans are not fools. If we lose the No 1 status, there will be huge backlash.”last_img

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