Test squad versus West Indies picked keeping 2015 World Cup in mind: BCCI secretary

Selectors discussed the names of veteran bowlers Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh but decided to back youngsters, reveals BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.

updated: October 31, 2013 17:27 IST
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Virender Sehwag (file photo)The Test squad named in Mumbai on Thursday for the two-Test series against the West Indies next month was picked keeping the 2015 World Cup in mind, said Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel. The decision to retain the core of the one-day squad for the longer format of the game is a clear indication towards that and Patel said the decision of the selectors had the team management's nod.

Veteran stars Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag were widely tipped to make a Test return on the strength of their experience and domestic showing, but the selectors preferred to back the younger players who are either part of the current ODI squad or knocking on the doors of Team India. (Also read: Bowling to Sachin, Dravid was a test for me, says Srinath)

Patel said: "Team was picked keeping in mind the 2015 World Cup. Though seniors were also discussed, the selectors wanted to keep faith on youngsters and back them up. The team management is happy with the pick." It effectively means the Test squad has the approval of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and chief coach Duncan Fletcher.

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