Joginder, Sreesanth surprise absentees in T20 WC probables

Indian selectors announced the 30 probables for the World Twenty20 Cup in England in June.

updated: April 06, 2009 10:09 IST
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Pacers Joginder Sharma, who starred in the 2007 World Twenty20 Championships, and S Sreesanth were left out of the 30 probables announced by the BCCI on Saturday for the second edition of the prestigious event to be held in England in June.

Piyush Chawla and Ajit Agarkar were the other prominent names which did not figure among the probables, otherwise comprising members of the inaugural World Cup winning Indian squad.

While Sreesanth, who is nursing an ankle injury and was suppose to be fit before the T20 World Cup, no reason was known for omission of Sharma, Chawla and Agarkar.

BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan refused to comment on the omission of the players who played in the last edition of the tournament.

"The Board cannot comment on player selection. It is a matter concerning the selectors not us," he told PTI.

Batsman Robin Uthappa return to national fold after around an eight-month lay off even as senior pros Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman continued to remain out of the Twenty20 scheme of things.

The list will be pruned to half before a final squad is named.

India Probables for ICC World T20 2009

Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, M S Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, M Vijay, A Rahane, S Badrinath, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhishek Nayar, Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, R P Singh, L Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni, Naman Ojha.