Squad for India-Bangladesh series: Focus on Kohli’s workload, Dhoni’s future

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India skipper Virat Kohli‘s workload could be a topic of discussion while the choice of the squad may also lay to rest any speculations about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future with team India.

As the five-member selection panel meets in Mumbai today (Thursday) with a newly-appointed Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jay Shah in the convenor’s chair, all eyes will be focused on the rest to Kohli for the T20 Internationals and a call on MS Dhoni. The veteran wicketkeeper has not played any international game ever since India’s exit from the ICC World Cup earlier this year. Dhoni amidst speculation on his future had opted out of India’s tour of the West Indies and the home series against South Africa.

Rishabh Pant could have prolific Sanju Samson for cover during three T20s when the selection committee picks the squad for the upcoming series against Bangladesh here on Thursday.

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Kohli has featured in 48 out of the 56 games India have played across formats since October 2018. However, the selection committee will leave it on Kohli to decide whether he needs a break or continue playing.

There is expected to be serious discussions about rookie Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dubey, who might replace an injured Hardik Pandya for the all-rounder’s slot, primarily based on his big-hitting prowess.

Apart from the three-match T20 series which starts in New Delhi on November 3, followed by matches at Rajkot and Nagpur, Bangladesh will also play two Tests as a part of the World Championship in Indore and Kolkata.

Samson, who recently hit a double hundred for Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, is expected to come in but only as the second option to Pant for the time being.

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“There is no harm if both Rishabh and Sanju are there in the team. They have played together in IPL also. Rishabh has had limited success in shorter formats but he is a long-term investment and we need to persist with him,” a BCCI official privy to developments in the selection committee, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

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