England tour of India - Cricket: India picks Sehwag for Test at Mohali

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2001, 22:04 [IST]
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Jaipur: India on Wednesday selected banned cricketer Virender Sehwag for next week's first Test against England, fuelling a crisis that could lead to the series being cancelled.The 23-year-old middle-order batsman was included in a 14-man squad announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after a meeting of the selection committee in Jaipur.BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, who announced the team, is expected to address a press conference later on Wednesday to spell out India's stand in the snowballing crisis.The International Cricket Council (ICC) ruled Sehwag ineligible to play the first Test at Mohali from December 3 due to the one-match ban slapped on him by match referee Mike Denness after the second Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth.India say the ban was served during the ongoing third Test at Centurion Park, but the ICC has declared the game unofficial after Denness was removed as referee by both teams.If Sehwag is picked in the playing 11 for the Mohali Test, the ICC is certain to declare the match illegal, which could force England to pull out of the series.The ICC has given the BCCI until 06:30 GMT on Friday to confirm if Sehwag will take the field in the Test. Indian Squad: Saurav Ganguly (captain), Rahul Dravid, Shiv Sundar Das, Connor Williams, Sachin Tendulkar, Venkat Sai Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Deep Dasgupta, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Sarandeep Singh, Sanjay Bangar, Iqbal Siddiqui, Tinu Yohannan.

Copyright AFP 2001

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