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Board might not pick Kumble: More

india Updated: Jul 20, 2006 12:14 IST
G Krishnan
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Ace leg-spinner Anil Kumble was the most successful bowler in the recent Test series in the West Indies with 23 scalps. This has led to calls for his inclusion in the one-day squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka.

However, while there is no doubt about Kumble’s utility, he is unlikely to be in the team for the August 14-29 three-nation tourney.

"We are planning to bring him back for the Champions Trophy (which starts in October),” chairman of selectors Kiran More told HT on Wednesday, the eve of the selection committee meeting at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

"That should be the beginning of the ideal, serious preparation for the World Cup (for which Kumble seems likely). We can bring back Kumble any time. He is the type of bowler who can win matches anywhere and in any conditions.”

While Kumble will not be on the flight to Colombo on August 10, Punjab all-rounder Dinesh Mongia could well be on it.

"Along with batting we could also consider Mongia as a bowling option as he is a left-arm spinner and we do not have any at the moment,” More said. “Murali Kartik is not fit and Mongia is the best option.

He scored runs for Leicestershire (in the English county) in the beginning and has been among the wickets in recent times. He is a useful all-rounder and could figure in the plans for the World Cup as the conditions in Sri Lanka and the West Indies are similar.”

More said that there would not be too many changes to the squad that lost to the West Indies 4-1 in their last limited-overs outing.

Mongia could be drafted at the expense of Uttar Pradesh left-arm seamer Rudra Pratap Singh, who according to the selectors in their last meeting in May "needed to improve his bowling and hence was not included for the Tests in the West Indies.”

Doubts as to whether Sachin Tendulkar would be ready to play an international match right away were cleared with More saying the Mumbai maestro would take the place of Y Venugopal Rao in the tri-series.

The Andhra middle-order batsman and alert fielder has not had enough chances in the middle, but he has no option but to make way for the legend.

Likely squad:

Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Dravid (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Irfan Pathan, Ramesh Powar, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, S Sreesanth, Dinesh Mongia, Munaf Patel.

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