Ishant and Ashwin had pulled out of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-18 owing to anke and groin injuries, respectively
Ishant and Ashwin had pulled out of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-18 owing to anke and groin injuries, respectively

Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin, both of whom were part of the long England series, will have to undergo a fitness test on Saturday, Sept 29 before the selectors take a final call on their availability for the upcoming two-Test series against the West Indies starting October 4.

Ishant and Ashwin had pulled out of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19 owing to anke and groin injuries, respectively.

“Ashwin is already doing his rehabilitation at the NCA for groin injury. Even Ishant is expected to join him there. As of now, there is a fitness test scheduled on Saturday, September 29. The selectors may announce the team a day earlier if NCA physios and trainers rule the duo out even before fitness tests,” a senior BCCI official said.

It was earlier reported that the Selection committee lead by MSK Prasad would pick the Indian squad for the WI series today, but the meeting was cancelled.

BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary had issued a notice about West Indies Test series squad selection being on the agenda for Wednesday but the meeting was later cancelled.

“It was scheduled earlier but the five selectors’ itinerary was clashing as one (Sarandeep Singh) is in Dubai while two others (Jatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda) are watching Hazare Trophy at different venues. So it was decided that this will be an informal meeting where the selectors will take a stock of the situation,” the official added.

In case Ashwin is ruled out, team management’s preferred choice is Yuzvendra Chahal. The wiry Haryana leg-spinner is someone who still needs a lot of games to be ready for top flight red ball cricket, India A coach Rahul Dravid had said a few days back.

A source close to the team management said that the West Indies can be a good launch pad in Test cricket for Chahal and a good performance will enhance his case for his selection for Australia tour. However if Ashwin is declared fit, Chahal might have to wait.

(PTI inputs)