Squad has been selected based on English conditions: Srikkanth

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Saturday said that the 16-man squad for the ODI series against England was selected on basis of the conditions in England.

“I think the one day team has been selected again purely on performance, concentrations and conditions prevailing in England and taking into consideration, how we have been performing,” Srikkanth said.

“We have selected the team on the basis of the conditions in England and with a lot of deliberation and thought.”

Rahul Dravid has made a surprise comeback into the ODI squad after being on the sidelines for two years.

The last time Dravid played an ODI was in September 2009 against the West Indies during the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

M.S. Dhoni will captain the squad, while Virender Sehwag will be the vice-captain.

The team will be without off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who suffered Grade I Abdominal Muscle strain during the second Test leading to his being ruled out of the remaining two games, and injured Yuvraj singh.

Yuvraj Singh, who fractured his left index finger on the fourth day at Trent Bridge while facing up to a bouncer from Tim Bresnan, has not been considered for the limited overs series.

“Yuvraj Singh is one of our main players but unfortunately when you have a fracture in the finger, you cannot do anything about it,” he said.

“They [Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj] Singh are coming back. They will have to undergo rehab at NCA. So with regard to all those people, we will have to cross the bridge only when they prove their fitness.

“Yuvraj has got fracture so obviously it will take that bit of time for him to recuperate.

Srikkanth feels that India, who trail 0-2 in the four-match test series against England, would make a strong comeback.

“There are times when team undergoes through tough phase and this particular series has been one like that. We lost the first two Test matches, but I am confident of a string comeback by the boys,” he said.

“During South Africa series, we lost the first Test badly and then we came back strongly and won the second Test match and almost won the series,” the former India captain tried to put up a brave front.

“Don’t forget we have Virender Sehwag back in the team, we have Gambhir and Zaheer coming back in the team. So I think the experience of Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer will help us to fight back strongly and do well in the next two Test matches,” he said.

“There are times when best of the teams also go through tough times. I mean it happens and you need to accept it very gracefully. I don’t want to give any excuses, let us accept the fact that England played better than India in the first two Test matches and move on rather than complaining we could have done this or done that,” the chairman added.

The Indian team for the ODI series: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra and Parthiv Patel.

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