Selectors pick 36 probables for conditioning camp

Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Talented Uttar Pradesh all-rounder Suresh Raina and left-handed Gujarat batsman Neeraj Patel were today named in a list of 36 probables for theupcoming triangular series to be held in Sri Lanka later this month.

Railway paceman Harvinder Singh staged a comeback to national reckoning after a four-year gap while all the other established players, barring Sachin Tendulkar, found a place in the list announced by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary S K Nair in Bangalore.

Tendulkar, who recently had a surgery on a troublesome elbow, has been ruled out of action for 14 weeks and was therefore not considered for the camps to be held at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore in three phases.

Nair said the selection committee, before its meeting, had a discussion with new coach Greg Chappell, who gave his thoughts on the composition of the team.

"The committee had deliberation with the new coach on various aspects including the camp. The committee also gave Chappell a feedback on the performance of the Indian team in the last so many matches," Nair said.

"The coach also said what he expects from the team in the coming season. The selection committee heard his views on all these matters very patiently before starting the meeting," Nair said.

The Board secretary said that there would be three separate camps, starting with the physical conditioning camp for the fast bowlers in the list to be held from June 27 to July 4.

It would be followed by a conditioning camp for all the probables from July 5 to 12 before a final cricket camp in held from July 13 to 22.

Nair said the players, doing duty for various English Counties, have been exempted from attending the first two camps.

Four Indians -- Sourav Ganguly, Dinesh Mongia, Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan -- were currently playing County cricket.

He said the final squad for the tri-series, also involving hosts Sri Lanka West Indies, would be announced on July 18 and the team was expected to leave on July 24.

Nair said BCCI would request for advancing the tournament by a couple of days for "convenience of telecast".

He said Tendulkar, who was undergoing rehabilitation, would be present in Bangalore on the first few days of the last phase of the camp. "He will interact with the coach, who wants him to be here," Nair said.

Tendulkar had a surgery in London on May 24 for the elbow injury and has been ruled out of action for at least 14 weeks, meaning that the batting maestro was unlikely to take the field till the middle of September.

The 18-year-old Raina and stylish left-handed batsman Patel were rewarded for their consistent performances in the domestic circuit.

Both were in the India 'A' squad that played against Pakistan in a three-day match at Dharmshala in March and are regarded as highly promising cricketers.

Railway paceman Harvinder, in the wilderness for close to four years, forced his way back into reckoning with a rich scalp of wickets in domestic matches.

The 27-year-old nippy right-hand pacer had played his last One-day against Kenya in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2001.

Maharashtra opener Dhiraj Jadhav and fast bowlers S Sreeshanth (Kerala), Siddharth Trivedi (Gujarat) and Jesuraj (Tamil Nadu) were some of the other new faces in the probables list.

Jadhav was named in the Indian Test squad for the fourth and final Test against Australia in Mumbai last year.

Probables: Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Mohammed Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, V V S Laxman, Dinesh Mongia, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Venugopala Rao, Neeraj Patel, Dheeraj Jadhav, M S Dhoni, Dinesh Karthick, Parthiv Patel, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, S Sriram, Hemang Badani, Zaheer Khan, L Balaji, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Gagandeep Singh, S S Paul, Ranadeb Bose, Harvinder Singh, Amit Bhandari, Siddharth Trivei, Sreeshanth, Joginder Sharma, Munaf Patel, J P Yadav, Jesuraj.

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