BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmes that Ishant and Rohit Sharma would get part in Australia tour if they are fit enough. India has scheduled to play 3 ODIs, 3 T20I, and 4 Test matches against Australia.
Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma not included in Australia Tour
Earlier India announced the 32 member squad for the Australia tour. After which CA released Australia vs India schedule and the Australia squad member details. BCCI has not included Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma’s name in the announced squad list.
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Ishant has ruled out of IPL 2020 due to his injury and it may be the reason for his exclusion. Rohit who missed MI’s last four matches has not included in the Aussies tour that makes fans to raise questions over BCCI.
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After Mumbai Indians release Rohit’s in net session video BCCI made an announcement that Rohit will be included if he backs in fit and form.
“We are monitoring Ishant and Rohit. Ishant is not completely out. He will become a part of the Test series,” Ganguly told HT. “With Rohit, we want him fit for Australia. At some stage, if he is fit, I am sure the selectors will rethink his position.” Should they get fit, a flight will be arranged to send them to Australia, the former India captain confirmed.
The tour will start with an ODI series followed by T20Is. The Tests start from December 17 with the first being a day-night competition, a first between India and Australia. India played their maiden pink-ball Test last year at home against Bangladesh right after Ganguly became BCCI president.
The Indian cricketers were apprehensive of playing under the lights but the historic Test changed their mindset. “They played with it in India. They will be fine, don’t worry. Players got used to the white ball and ultimately they will be fine with the pink ball too. There will be a tough phase in the day, but they will get used to it. The white ball is also not easy to sight during twilight, but players have got used to it, we will see that happen here too,” Ganguly said.
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He also feels that despite the return of their experienced batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner and the emerging Marnus Labuschagne, India are still capable of winning the four-match series against Australia.
“Australia in Australia is always tough. They will be a lot stronger with Smith and Warner back. Players like Labuschagne have become better. It will be a good test for India, but they are capable of winning. It will be a good series,” he said.
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