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Indian Team for SA: Selectors to pick two squads for T20 & England tour, Pujara in Rahane out with injury – Follow Live Updates

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Indian Team for SA: BCCI Selection Meeting – India will once again have a split-squad — one for South Africa series and another for England tour. With senior players rested for the T20 series against South Africa, the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee will pick a young squad with Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya back from exile. The other squad will be for England Tour. Follow IND vs SA Live & India Tour of England Live Updates on InsideSport.

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Indian Team for SA: Selectors to pick two squads for T20 & England tour, Pujara in Rahane out with injury – Follow Live Updates

Indian Team for SA: Selectors to pick two squads for T20 & England tour, Pujara in Rahane out with injury - Follow Live Updates
Ajinkya Rahane ruled out of IPL 2022 and England tour with a hamstring injury

Indian Team for SA: Selectors to pick two squads for T20 & England tour, Pujara in Rahane out with injury – Follow Live Updates

However, what comes as a blow for Ajinkya Rahane is his injury. The veteran batsman has been ruled out of IPL 2022 and the England tour with a Grade III hamstring injury as per Cricbuzz. But Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to be back after impressing in County Championship in England.

“Pujara was never out of our plans. He had to regain his form and I think he has done it. Although his centuries have come in second division of County but facing seamers in English conditions is never easy. But it is up to the team management whether he will be selected in Playing XI,” a member of the selection committee told InsideSport.

Indian Team for SA: Selectors to pick two squads for T20 & England tour, Pujara in Rahane out with injury – Follow Live Updates

Indian Team for SA: Selectors to pick two squads for T20 & England tour, Pujara in Rahane out with injury - Follow Live Updates
Cheteshwar Pujara will return to India squad for England tour

Last year, India had two squads playing simultaneously in England and in Sri Lanka. This time though, they will not play simultaneously. Rather, IPL performers will make up the squad for South Africa series. The seniors and multi-format stars including skipper Rohit Sharma will travel to England on June 15.

Indian Team for SA: Why selectors are picking two teams?

  • After a gruelling IPL season, all multi-format players will be rested from the South Africa series.
  • Shikhar Dhawan will be back as captain for the second-string side, made up of top IPL performers.
  • The rest including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant will be rested and will travel to England on June 15.
  • For South Africa series, Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik will make India comeback besides Sanju Samson.
  • The likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan will also be picked besides new faces in Umran Malik, Mohsin Khan and Jitesh Sharma.
  •  For England series, Cheteshwar Pujara will make a comeback but Rahane has been ruled out.
  • Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer besides Shubman Gill will be picked for the England Tour.
  • India will play a warm-up match in England before the one-off 5th Test against England from July 1-5.
  • Both squads will be picked in a selection meeting on May 23 in Mumbai.

Indian Team for SA: Selectors to pick two squads for T20 & England tour, Pujara in Rahane out with injury – Follow Live Updates

Ajinkya Rahane will report to the NCA and will continue his rehabilitation which is expected to take 4-6 weeks. He will also miss the Ranji Trophy knockouts.

As for the England limited-overs series, the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Chahar are expected to be back pending fitness test. Hardik Pandya will also join the squad after completing the South Africa series.

Indian Team for SA: Selectors to pick two squads for T20 & England tour, Pujara in Rahane out with injury – Follow Live Updates

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