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Good show by India 'A' makes selectors' job easy

Published: Tuesday, August 5, 2003, 2:04 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: With the India 'A' team exceeding all expectations by their performance in England, the cricket selectors will hardly need to put their thinking caps on to select the 25 probables on Tuesday for the conditioning camp for the New Zealand series beginning in October.

Besides those who played in the World Cup early this year, most of the members of the 17-member India 'A' squad are expected to be called for the camp starting in Bangalore on August 14. Also making it to the camp will be dashing batsman Virender Sehwag, who had to cut short his county stint due to a sore back, off spinner Harbhajan Singh (finger injury) and Ashish Nehra (ankle operation), a top cricket Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official said on Monday.

Stylish middle order batsman V V S Laxman, who was dropped from the World Cup squad, was also almost certain to be selected for the camp which will see the players interacting with the new physical trainer Gregory Allen King for the first time.

The BCCI official, however, contradicted India 'A' team manager Samiran Chakraborty's statement on Monday that all 17 players have been invited to attend the conditioning camp. "No such decision (to include all India 'A' players) has been taken as yet. But of course, many of them will make it on the basis of their performance in England," he said.

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