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Will Kumble be back in the ODI squad?

india Updated: Jul 19, 2006 14:19 IST

Anil Kumble's inclusion or otherwise will be the main topic of discussion when the national selectors meet here on Thursday to pick a 15-member Indian team for the upcoming cricket tri-series in Sri Lanka.

Kumble, India's leading wicket-taker in Tests, was left out from the one-day scheme of things after Australian Greg Chappell took over as coach in 2005.

But a stellar performance by the 35-year-old Karnataka leggie in the recent Test series in the Caribbean, where cricket's flagship event is to be played in 2007, has led to calls for his inclusion into the one-day team.

While Sachin Tendulkar is certain to return to the team after being declared fit, the selectors may have a lengthy discussion on Kumble.

Whether the ace spinner, now in England to play for Surrey club, comes back or not would rest on whether Chappell's thinking has undergone any radical change in recent weeks. Chappell will not be present at the meeting but his views will certainly have a bearing while selecting the team.

India lost 1-4 to Brian Lara's men in the one-dayers but bounced back to clinch the Test series 1-0, their first in 35 years, with Kumble emerging as the series highest wicket-taker with 23 scalps.

The decision on Kumble, who for the most part of 2003 World Cup remained on the bench, would also rely on how strong is the support for Ramesh Powar, both from the selectors and within the team management.