The selection committee met in Hyderabad after the India versus New Zealand tri-series match on Saturday night. The Test squad of XVI for the tour of Australia was announced after the two-and-a-half-hour meeting ended at 1 am, as was reported in Sunday’s Late City edition.
At the end of all the deliberations, the wise men left out Yuvraj Singh, Hemang Badani, Murali Kartik and Lakshmipathy Balaji from the 20 named earlier. This means the 16-member squad will among others include Deep Dasgupta, Sadagopan Ramesh and Irfan Pathan.
While the first two are making a comeback, Pathan earned his maiden call-up to the senior national squad.
The following is the full squad:
Batsmen: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Rahul Dravid (vice-captain), Virender Sehwag, Akash Chopra, Sadagopan Ramesh, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman.
Wicketkeepers: Parthiv Patel, Deep Dasgupta.
Spinners: Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh.
New-ball bowlers: Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar, Avishkar Salvi, Irfan Pathan.