Indian Cricket: Test Squad Unveiled for South Africa Tour
For the forthcoming tour of South Africa, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is anticipated to choose a full-strength Test team. The Indian team’s second series in the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023–25 cycle will include two Test matches in South Africa.
On Thursday, the India ‘A’ squad and the T20I, ODI, and Test teams will be revealed by the senior selection committee. For the white-ball matches, the selectors will likely choose a second-string team, and for the Test matches, a full-strength team.
The BCCI has been notified by Virat Kohli that he will not be playing in the forthcoming T20Is and ODIs. Nonetheless, it is anticipated that the 35-year-old would be eligible for selection for the two-match Test series that begins on December 26 in Centurion and Cape Town.
Whether Rohit Sharma will be available for the white-ball selection is still up in the air. It is unknown if Rohit will play white-ball cricket after the World Cup 2023; he is now on vacation in the UK. He has, nevertheless, declared himself available for the Test matches.
It is anticipated that the selection committee won’t field athletes in every format. The board wants to keep players from being overused and to keep them performing at a high level. The three bowling attack players, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah, are the ones they wish to keep safe.
Prior to the Test series, a few veteran players will represent India “A” in three four-day matches throughout the tour. This will provide them invaluable competitive experience. In addition, the selectors will decide whether to offer Virat Kohli a warm-up match prior to the Test matches.
Forty-five players have already had their visas for the South Africa tour sought for by the BCCI. After coaching in the T20I series against Australia, VVS Laxman will return to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, while Sitanshu Kotak and Troy Cooley will oversee the India ‘A’ team.