Selectors to name teams for Challengers today

Published: Thursday, February 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Indian cricket selectors meet here today to pick up the three squads for the Challenger series to be played in Mumbai from February 7-10, a tournament which assumes importance in view of the coming tour of the Pakistan team in India.

The five-member national senior selection committee, chaired by Kiran More, will hold parleys from noon tomorrow to name the players to be included in the three participating sides - India seniors, India A and India B.

A source close to the selection committee said that if Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly played the series, then he would be the automatic choice to lead the India senior side.

"In such a case, senior Indian players like Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag are hot contenders for leading the other two teams," the source said.

Apart from present members of the national squad, players who have put up a good performance in domesic tournaments recently would also be considered for the series.

"As in the past, the performances of promising youngsters will also be taken into account. But of course, players suited to the shorter version of the game will definitely stand a better chance of making it to the A and B teams," he said.

Apart from giving much-needed practice to the senior cricketers, the challenger would also enable the selectors gauge the ability of the fringe players ahead of the five-game one day series against Pakistan slated to be held after the three-Test matches.

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