As dark clouds hovered over the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) stadium and heavy unexpected rains continued to lash the city,the NKP Salve Challenger Series received another jolt on Tuesday with the BCCI announcing Sachin Tendulkars withdrawal from the competition. Earlier,Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan had already been ruled out because of injury.
Tendulkar,who missed India’s last group match against the West Indies during the Champions Trophy due to food poisoning,will be replaced in the India Blue squad by Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund. The 19-year-old left-hander was the lone centurion during the Irani Cup,scoring 126 in ROI’s second innings.
Maharashtra’s Ameya Shrikhande will replace Yuvraj Singh while Himachal Pradesh medium-pacer Vikramjeet Malik replaces Pathan. Also missing will be Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary and UP all-rounder Bhuvaneshwar Kumar after they received call-ups from Delhi Daredevils and Bangalore Royal Challengers,respectively,for the Champions League.
S Badrinath will captain India Red. Saurabh Tiwary and Anirudha Srikkanth have been included in the India Green squad. The BCCI is yet to name a replacement for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the India Red squad.
Revised squads: India Red: S Badrinath (captain),M Vijay,S Sohal,S Dhawan,I Jaggi,R Jadeja,W Saha,R Ashwin,S Tyagi,M Patel,A Shrikande,I Sharma,H Khadiwale; India Green: S Raina (captain),A Rahane,T Shrivastava,RI Singh,A Srikkanth,S Tiwary,C Nanda,V Malik,P Patel,S Jakati,L Balaji,D Kulkarni,P Singh,U Kaul; India Blue: MS Dhoni (captain),A Mukund,W Jaffer,J Saxena,S Kumar,K Jadhav,A Nayar,Y Pathan,N Ojha,H Singh,S Trivedi,Sreesanth,A Dinda,S Goswami.