New Delhi: Veterans Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir's prospects of making an India comeback are all but over as the celebrated opening duo stayed away from selection in the 15-member North Zone squad for the Deodhar Trophy, starting November 29. The team will be led by senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. (Read: Dhoni Goes Hunting for Bats Ahead of Australia Tour)
The North Zone selection committee, headed by national selector Vikram Rathour, decided to reward all those who have performed in the North Zone leg of Vijay Hazare Trophy.
"Today, at the start of the selection committee meeting, the chairman Vikram Rathour intimated us that Viru (Virender Sehwag) has specifically told him that he doesn't want to play Deodhar Trophy. He has insisted that some of the promising juniors may be picked. Gauti (Gautam Gambhir) has also decided against playing but I have no clue about why he pulled out," a member of the North Zone selection committee told PTI on Tuesday. (Related: BCCI Puts Off AGM Again, Awaits Court Verdict on Srinivasan, Sundar Raman)