MSK Prasad suggests 26-man India squad for Australia tour
India are scheduled for Australia tour which consists of three ODIs, three T20Is and a four-match Test series at the end of the year. The tour includes the first-ever day-night pink-ball Test match between the two sides for the first time. BCCI have to put a list of players for the upcoming tour. Hence, former India chief selector MSK Prasad thinks that it might be a good idea to have at least a 26-strong squad for the upcoming tour.
“The team management and seniors will have an opportunity to look at the youngsters who are knocking the doors. In this process, you can also monitor those players who can be the potential guys for different spots in future. Since we cannot trust the net bowlers about their exposure to COVID, it would be ideal to go with a large contingent as we can be assured of all the players’ safety as they will be in a bio-secure environment,” Prasad reasoned.
“In case someone tests COVID positive, then the players from this contingent can be picked as they would have served the mandatory quarantine period,” he added.
“Even for our main bowlers, they will have fresh batsmen to bowl at unlike the same bunch of first-team boys. For instance, Shreyas Iyer is very aggressive and at times, can be unorthodox. So, he might offer a variety of skills which the Australian batsman might possess. “On the other hand, a left-armer Khaleel Ahmed’s presence will help in preparing for Mitchell Starc’s angled deliveries,” said Prasad.
Prasad feels that selector Sunil Joshi will not have a reference point for choosing players as there has been no domestic cricket in India.
“The only tough part that we will be facing because of this large contingent is managing such a large pool of players. To provide quality practice sessions to all of them will also be a challenge,” concluded Prasad.
MSK Prasad’s 26-man India squad:
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar