In a recently released statement, the national governing body for cricket, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has included Rishabh Pant in the India A squad for the four-day matches.
India A is currently involved in a tri-series with Windies A and England A being played in England. After unimpressive performances leading to consecutive losses, Windies A are already out of the tournament.
India A and England A will now lock horns with each other in the all-important final on 2nd July.
The India A tours are being conducted with a vision of preparing young players for foreign tours and making them comfortable in overseas conditions. Players such as Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari have performed exceedingly well on the tour.
Deepak Chahar, another member of the India A team has been called up for the Indian T20I team after Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out due to injury.
The official press release said, “The selectors have also added Rishabh Pant to India A squad for the four-day matches. Currently a member of the India A’s squad for the one-day games, Pant will continue to be with the side for the longer format too.”
Most runs in T20 cricket in 2018
1125 – Rishabh Pant
1019 – Shane Watson
1003* – Suresh Raina
912 – Shikhar Dhawan#IrevInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 29, 2018
Pant is considered the next Indian wicket keeper after MS Dhoni decides to hang his boots. The Delhi keeper-batsman had a memorable IPL 2018 and was in contention for the Purple cap.
India A squad for four-day matches:
Karun Nair (Captain), R Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Rajneesh Gurbani, Rishabh Pant.