Naman Ojha, the wicketkeeper-batsman who was supposed to lead India A in the quadrangular series in Australia, has been replaced by Manish Pandey, on Tuesday (August 2). Ojha has been dropped from the squad and will travel to Australia only in September for the four-day games. Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar and Akhil Herwadkar are the other players who will not travel Down Under for the limited-overs series.
Yuzvendra Chahal, Mandeep Singh and Hardik Pandya will replace the troika. Pandey will lead the squad in the limited-overs leg while Ojha will take over during the four-day games. “Selectors have made four changes in the team (India A) and now I will go only for the four-day matches. Mera naam hatake unhone four changes kiya hai (they’ve removed me and made four changes), I was told two days ago,” Ojha told
All four players who have been dropped, were part of the India A strength and conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore earlier this month. The team is scheduled to leave for Australia on August 4 while Rahul Dravid, the India A coach, will leave five days after the team lands there. Dravid is going to spend some time with his ailing mother.
India A are scheduled to face Australia A, South Africa A and Cricket Australia National Performance Squad in the quadrangular series, starting on August 13, before playing two four-day games against Australia A in Brisbane, one of which will be played under lights, from September 8.
Squad for limited-overs series: Manish Pandey, Faiz Fazal, Mandeep Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Barinder Sran, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson.
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