Saini to stay back as cover for West Indies Tests

Indian fast bowler Navdeep Saini has been asked to stay in West Indies as a cover for the three-match Test series against West Indies.

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The 26-year old fast bowler Navdeep Saini has been asked to stay back with the team for the upcoming Tests as a cover for the pace bowlers.

Saini made his T20I debut in the ongoing tour and the team management is keen on having him as a net bowler during the Tests with a view to groom him for future assignments. He was also sent to England during the World Cup as a cover for pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and had impressed the management with his ability to procure raw pace.

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A BCCI official told PTI on Monday:

“Yes, Navdeep Saini has been asked to stay back by the team management for the Test series. He will stay back primarily as a net bowler, they want to groom him for the Test format keeping an eye on the future. Saini has been a performer in red-ball cricket for the past few years. He has the pace, and ability to hit the deck, move the ball both in air and off the pitch. If he is groomed well, it will only increase our pool of fast bowlers for top tier cricket. That’s how the team management is looking at him.”

“The presence of the Delhi seamer with the team will also help the bowling coach, Bharat Arun, to invest more time on developing his skills. “One can’t ignore the effort that Arun has put in to make India’s fast bowling unit the best that has emerged from the country. Rather than playing domestic cricket, he now needs to be in and around the international scene and learn the tricks of the trade for the next level,” he concluded.

Saini picked up three wickets on his debut against West Indies and was also named man of the match.

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