BCCI announces team for T20, ODI Tri-series

United News of India

Chennai, January 15, 2012

The National Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) led by K Srikkanth today announced a 17-member squad for two T-20 matches with Australia and the one-day tri-series with Sri Lanka as the third team.
The selectors including Narendra Hirwani, Mohinder Amarnath, Raja Venkat and Surendra Bhave, announced the squad after a marathon three-hour meeting in the city this evening.
The announcement of the team comes in the backdrop of the huge defeat India suffered at the hands of the Australia in the third test match at Perth today with the hosts taking lead in the series with 3-0.
The selectors brought back pacers Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar and decided to go in for a second wicket keeper-batsman in Parthiv Patel.
Following is the 17-member squad:
M S Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambir, Virat Kohili, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravinder Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwari, Rahul Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan.
Talking to newspersons, Srikkanth, lamenting about the poor performance of the test squad, squarely blamed the batsmen.
"We have picked the 17-member squad, considering the long tour which extends till March and the number of ODIs involved," he said.
The Selection Committee Chairman also pointed out the choice was limited with number of players like Harbajan Singh, Sreesanth, Yuvraj Singh, Munaf Patel and M Arun still recovering from injuries.