The national selectors on Tuesday sent a strong message to former Indian captains Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly that their ODI careers are as good as over by not naming them in the list of 30 probables for the Champions Trophy slated in Pakistan in September. Dravid and Ganguly have not figured in the limited overs for nearly a year
However, 35-year-old Sachin Tendulkar, the inspirational figure for the young Team India in the triumphant CB series early this year, is the only member from the unshakeable Test middle-order who is named in the list.
The selectors continued with their youth policy and included two key members from the India under-19 World Cup winning team, Virat Kohli and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
Irfan Pathan, who was axed from the Test squad for Sri Lanka made it to the probables list for the Champions Trophy.
The Champions Trophy probables:
MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla, RP Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Singh Gony, Pragyan Ojha, Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthik, S Badrinath, Mohammed Kaif, Manoj Tiwary, Abhishek Nayar, Pankaj Singh, Murali Kartik, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Yusuf Pathan and S Sreesanth.