Focus on Jasprit Bumrah's fitness status as selectors meet to pick squads for Sri Lanka T20I and Australia ODI series

Bumrah, who recently bowled at the India nets, is fit for competitive cricket and could be picked for either the T20 series against Sri Lanka beginning on 5 January or the ODI series against a full-strength Australian side starting on 14 January.

Press Trust of India, Dec 23, 2019 08:37:15 IST

New Delhi: The focus will be on pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah's fitness status as the current selection committee will have its final meeting on Monday to pick teams for three T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka and as many ODIs against Australia.

Bumrah, who recently bowled at the India nets, is fit for competitive cricket and could be picked for either the T20 series against Sri Lanka beginning on 5 January or the ODI series against a full-strength Australian side starting on 14 January.

Focus on Jasprit Bumrahs fitness status as selectors meet to pick squads for Sri Lanka T20I and Australia ODI series

Jasprit Bumrah is expected to make comeback to India team against Sri Lanka. Image credit: Twitter/@BCCI

"The team for both series will be picked on Monday afternoon in Delhi. The selectors will pick teams for both series. In all likelihood, this will be the last selection meeting chaired by MSK Prasad," a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

MSK Prasad and his Central Zone colleague Gagan Khoda will have their tenure finished and a new chairman of selector along with a panel member is expected to be announced at the start of the new year. Jatin Paranjpe, Sarandeep Singh and Dewang Gandhi are likely to continue.

It is more likely that Australia series will mark Bumrah's return to competitive cricket after four months, having recovered from stress fracture.

However, since Bumrah didn't do his rehabilitation at the BCCI's National Cricket Academy (NCA), he was asked by NCA director Rahul Dravid to get his clearance from where he spent in his recovery time.

"In case of Bumrah, Indian team physio Nitin Patel and trainer Nick Webb checked him in Visakhapatnam (earlier this week). He bowled full tilt over there. Since Australia series starts on January 14, he could just play a Ranji game and get some overs under his belt. In any case, it will also depend on how Virat (Kohli) looks at it," the source said.

Kohli is expected to join via video conference.

Deepak Chahar's fitness will be a cause of concern as he was ruled out of the third ODI against the West Indies.

Shikhar Dhawan is also returning to full fitness but might have to play some domestic cricket to get back into the groove.

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Updated Date: Dec 23, 2019 08:37:15 IST






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