Pant and Kuldeep named in India squad for West Indies tour

Taylor Byrd
June 16, 2017

Beginning on June 23 at the Queen's Park Oval, India play five one-dayers against West Indies followed by a solitary Twenty20 worldwide on July 9 at Jamaica's Sabina Park.

From the current Champions Trophy squad, only Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested. The former has come back to worldwide cricket after a gap of six months following a surgery for hamstring injury.

"The administrative staff of the Indian Cricket Team will continue for the tour of West Indies", the BCCI said in a statement.

Anil Kumble's tenure as a coach will expire in June 1-18 with the Champions Trophy.

Ganguly has been an advocate of giving free hand to captain. Kumble might still go with the side but the BCCI's silence is mysteriously deafening.

If this has anything to judge the mood of Kumble, then one can read from this fact that "despite being assured of direct entry into the interview room he still chose to send a fresh application".

The Team India cricketers have already made their way through to the semifinal of the Champions Trophy, defeating the likes of Pakistan and South Africa. Given the high stakes as defending champions, the three wise men opted for experience over new faces. His aggressive left-handed batting and ability to handle the pressure of a high-stakes match impressed chief selector MSK Prasad, who described him as a "player for the future".

19-year-old Pant was impressive in the previous Ranji Trophy season for Delhi and also showed potential during the Under-19 World Cup. Yadav piqued interest in his Test debut, clinching four wickets in India's series victory over Australia in March.

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