Pant and Kuldeep named in India squad for West Indies tour

Rishabh Pant Kuldeep Yadav included in India’s squad for West Indies Rohit Sharma misses out

Rishabh Pant Kuldeep Yadav included in India’s squad for West Indies Rohit Sharma misses out

The two youngsters replace opening batsman Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya from the 15-man Champions Trophy squad, which is defending its title in England and Wales.

Pant, 19, could not make the India team for the ongoing Champions Trophy as the selectors preferred experience over youth, but has always been identified as a prospect because of his aggressive batting.

It has been reported that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman is likely to meet skipper Virat Kohli on Friday in order to find out more about the nature of his differences with Kumble and his style of functioning.

Pant and Yadav were already on the radar after being named among five players kept on standby for the 50-over marquee tournament.

Kuldeep has been on coach Kumble's radar for a long time now and even chairman of selectors Prasad feels he is one for the future.

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19-year-old Pant was impressive in the previous Ranji Trophy season for Delhi and also showed potential during the Under-19 World Cup.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant and spinner Kuldeep are in contention to make their one-day global debuts in the Caribbean. Jasprit Bumrah too, has been left out of the squad.

Earlier reports suggested that senior players could give the series a miss after the hectic season but it hasn't been the as India has picked a full-strength side for the short tour.

"The administrative staff of the Indian Cricket Team will continue for the tour of West Indies", he added.