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Business News/ Sports / Cricket News/  ICC T20 WC 2024: Irfan Pathan releases his list; drops R Ashwin, KL Rahul, includes Hardik Pandya, but with a twist
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ICC T20 WC 2024: Irfan Pathan releases his list; drops R Ashwin, KL Rahul, includes Hardik Pandya, but with a twist

Irfan also included Hardik Pandya, provided he bowls regularly. However, he kept Shubman Gill, Sanju Samson, and Yuzvendra Chahal as backups.

Former cricketer Irfan Pathan talks to the media during the inauguration of New Delhi Marathon 2024, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. (PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan) (PTI)Premium
Former cricketer Irfan Pathan talks to the media during the inauguration of New Delhi Marathon 2024, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. (PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan) (PTI)

With just days remaining before the Board of Control for Cricket in India announces India's squad for the upcoming ICC men's T20 World Cup, former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan has released a list of 15 players he would pick.

Apart from picking Rohit Sharma as skipper, Pathan has included Virat Kohli, Shivam Dube and Rishabh Pant.

ALSO READ: Shivam Dube in India's T20 World Cup squad? Former all-rounder asks BCCI to select CSK batter; here's why

He also included Hardik Pandya, provided he bowls regularly. However, he kept Shubman Gill, Sanju Samson, and Yuzvendra Chahal as backups.

Prominent among the players who did not find a place in Irfan Khan's list include KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, and Tilak Varma.

Other players not included on the list are Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, and Deepak Chahar.

The Ajit Agarkar-led BCCI selection committee is set to meet Indian skipper Rohit Sharma after the DC vs MI IPL 2024 match on April 27. Following this, the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup is likely to be announced. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has set May 1 as the deadline for the squad announcement.

Dube over Pandya:

Pathan and several former Indian players have urged the BCCI to select Shivam Dube over Hardik Pandya, considering Dube's stellar performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Former all-rounder Suresh Raina asked the BCCI to select the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) player in the T20 World Cup 2024 squad.

“World Cup loading for Shivam dube ! @imAagarkar bhai select karo please," Suresh Raina wrote on X.

Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull too favoured Shivam Dube over Hardik Pandya. "The way he [Shivam Dube] is batting, he is outperforming Hardik [Pandya] with the bat by a long long way. From what I understand, he’s bowling a lot on the nets. From an Indian selection point of view, you can’t ask any of these teams to do something that doesn’t help them win the tournament," news agency PTI quoted Simon Doull as saying.

“At the moment, Hardik’s bowling and batting is not working for him. So, Dube has got the wood over him (Hardik)," the former New Zealand pacer said.

(With agency inputs.)

 

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Published: 24 Apr 2024, 02:24 PM IST
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