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Test team to be chosen on Wednesday

cricket Updated: Nov 12, 2007 20:41 IST
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The Indian team for the first two Tests against Pakistan would be picked in Mumbai on November 14, a day before the fourth and penultimate ODI between the two teams at Gwalior.

"The team for the first two Tests would be chosen in Mumbai by the selectors on Wednesday," Cricket Board sources said.

Newly appointed Test captain Anil Kumble is expected to attend the meeting.

The opening Test is to be held at Delhi from November 22-26 while Kolkata is the venue for the November 30-December 4 second Test.

The team for the subsequent four-Test series in Australia, commencing on December 26, would be chosen between the end of the second Test against Pakistan and the start of the third and concluding Test (Dec 8-12) at Bangalore.

"The team for Australia will be selected between the second and third Tests against Pakistan. We can't delay choosing the team," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said.

Shah said henceforth, teams would not be chosen on days when matches involving the squad are held.

"We will not choose teams on the day of a match. It becomes difficult for the selectors to concentrate on the game," Shah explained.

India are to play the four Test matches for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against hosts Australia at Melbourne (Dec 26-30, 2007), Sydney (Jan 2-6, 2008), Perth (Jan 16-20) and Adelaide (Jan 24-28).