India pick Pant, Yadav for WI tour

Kuldeep Yadav during his Test debut earlier this year

As India is battling out against Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the on-going Champions Trophy, the BCCI has announced 15 man squad for the next battle against West Indies.

Opener Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, have been given rest from the Caribbean tour to avoid fatigue. The duo have been rewarded for their excellent showing on the domestic circuit, including impressive displays in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. While Pant scored 366 runs from 14 games at a strike rate of 165.61, Kuldeep grabbed 12 wickets in 12 matches.

Opener Rohit Sharma, who is also now with the national squad in England for the eight-team marquee event, is a notable omission from the Virat Kohli-led side.

Hardik Pandya continues to hold the all-rounder spot. While Rishabh Pant is expected to open the innings alongside Dhawan.

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The members of the team management will stay unchanged for the tour.

The other significant development is that Anil Kumble has agreed to go to the West Indies. It is believed the board is still awaiting confirmation from Kumble over his availability for the tour.

The Team India cricketers have already made their way through to the semifinal of the Champions Trophy, defeating the likes of Pakistan and South Africa. "The administrative staff of the team will continue for the tour of West Indies", the BCCI said in a statement.

Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami are the three seamers while Yadav, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will share the spin attack.

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