India squad for Twenty20, tri-series in Australia to be announced on Jan 15

Yuvraj Singh (C) is expected to be named in the India squad for limited-overs series AFP

Mumbai: Jan 11, 2012

The Indian squad for the upcoming two-match T20 international series against hosts Australia and the subsequent triangular one-day series, with Sri Lanka completing the line-up, is to be picked at Delhi on January 15, according to Cricket Board sources.

“The squad is to be selected on January 15 in Delhi,” BCCI sources told PTI today.

Yuvraj Singh, who is out of cricket since November because of a non-malignant tumour in his lungs, is expected to be named in the squad by the senior national selection panel headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

The dashing Punjab batsman, who was chosen as the man of the tournament during India’s triumphant campaign in the World Cup, has been working hard to regain full fitness and return to the national squad.

Also in the running to return to national duty is off spinner Harbhajan Singh who was dropped from the Test squad against the West Indies at home and failed to find a berth in the bunch now playing in the Test rubber in Australia.

Harbhajan was edged out by off spinning rival R Ashwin who became the man of the series against the West Indies but has been largely unsuccessful in the two Tests that India have played and lost in Australia.

At the conclusion of the four-Test rubber on January 28, India and Australia will square off in the two T20 ties which are scheduled on February 1 and 3 at Sydney and Melbourne respectively before plunging into the three-nation 50-over tournament commencing on February 5 at Melbourne.

The three teams would clash with each other four times each leading to the best of three finals in March. (PTI)