Rohit comes back, Samson dropped from T20I squad; Test, ODI teams for NZ Tour on hold

back icon
safari
12 Jan 2020 | 06:31 PM
authorPTI

Rohit comes back, Samson dropped from T20I squad; Test, ODI teams for NZ Tour on hold

The drama surrounding Hardik Pandya's fitness forced the selectors to put the Test and ODI squads on hold

heart

Share

Vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday returned to India's 16-member T20 squad for the tour of New Zealand as the selectors dropped Kerala batsman Sanju Samson. The five-man selection panel also brought back pacer Mohammed Shami, who like Rohit, was rested for the T20 series against Sri Lanka.

Wicket-keeper batsman, Samson had played the third T20I against Sri Lanka in Pune, scoring six runs.

Hardik Pandya, who was expected to stage his international comeback on the tour, had to sit out after failing the fitness test.  

There were no major surprises with most of the players picking themselves.

The five-match T20I series against New Zealand will begin on January 24 in Auckland.

The selection committee under outgoing chairman MSK Prasad kept the ODI and Test squads on hold for the time being.

"There are no surprises in the Indian T20 squad with Rohit as usual coming back in place of Sanju, who is already in New Zealand with the A team. All the other players picked themselves," a senior BCCI official privy to selection matters told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

Interestingly, the Test and the ODI squads were not announced and it is believed that Hardik Pandya's latest fitness drama could be the reason.

A BCCI release mentioned that Hardik Pandya's rehabilitation process is taking "longer than expected".

Vijay Shankar had replaced Pandya in the India A squad for New Zealand shadow tour.

"Hardik Pandya was boarding the flight to New Zealand for A team without playing a Ranji match. If we go by media reports, his trainer has said that there are workload issues with regards to his bowling. That itself implies that he is not fit. I think the BCCI will instruct Hardik to first play Ranji Trophy for Baroda and prove his fitness," another senior board source said.

T20 Squad for tour of New Zealand: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Hardik Himanshu PandyaRohit Gurunath SharmaSanju Viswanath SamsonMohammed Shami AhmedNew ZealandIndia

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Kohli to fly home after Adelaide Test
Rohit Sharma is believed to be rested for the limited-overs fixtures, but has been added to the Test squad
userPTI
09 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Siraj a better red-ball bowler, could be handy in Australia: Prasad
The Hyderabad pacer is likely to be in contention for a place in the India Test side along with Shardul Thakur
userPTI
20 Oct 2020
safari
NEWS
Hardik Pandya returns for ODIs against South Africa
Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar too are back in the team after an injury lay-off
userCricket.com Staff
08 Mar 2020
safari
NEWS
Prithvi Shaw included in ODI squad for New Zealand tour
Sanju Samson will be Dhawan's replacement for the T20Is
userPTI
21 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
Selection meeting for NZ tour after clarity on Hardik's fitness status
"There isn't going to be too much of brainstorming with regards to the team. But a fit Hardik is a necessity"
userPTI
19 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
Hardik likely to be picked for limited-overs series against New Zealand
India will announce the squad for New Zealand tour on January 12
userPTI
11 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
Bumrah, Dhawan back for SL T20s, ODIs against Australia; Rohit rested from T20s
Mohammed Shami has also been rested from the SL T20 series
userPTI
23 Dec 2019
safari
NEWS
Maiden India call-up for Shivam Dube for Bangladesh T20Is
Kohli rested while Rohit Sharma will lead the side
userPTI
24 Oct 2019
safari
NEWS
Hardik Pandya returns for South Africa T20Is
Rishabh Pant preferred over MS Dhoni
userPTI
29 Aug 2019
safari
NEWS
India announce Test, ODI, T20I squads for West Indies tour
Virat Kohli will lead the Indian side across formats
userPTI
21 Jul 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved