Selection meeting Monday, Panchal to lead, Umran Malik to play in white-ball series, Follow LIVE Updates


IND-A vs NZ-A: India A Squad Selection Meeting LIVE: Gujarat opener Priyank Panchal is likely to lead India A in three four-day…

IND-A vs NZ-A: India A Squad Selection Meeting LIVE: Gujarat opener Priyank Panchal is likely to lead India A in three four-day First Class matches against New Zealand A, beginning September 1 in Bengaluru. For the white-ball formats, most players from Zimbabwe tour will get the nods barring the senior players. Both Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson will play for India A. Apart from them, Umran Malik is also set to get the nod for India A. Follow IND A vs NZ A LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN

While the national selection committee chaired by Chetan Sharma will be meeting on Monday to announce the red and white ball ‘A’ teams for the New Zealand series.

“Panchal is currently playing for Chemplast in Chennai in some friendly games as he needed practice and it is currently monsoon in Gujarat,” a senior GCA official confirmed the development.

Since he led the team well, there is little chance of him being changed although Hanuma Vihari is also likely to be picked and will be the senior-most player in the pack.

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IND-A vs NZ-A: Selection meeting on Monday, Priyank Panchal to lead, Umran Malik likely to play in white-ball series against New Zealand A, Follow LIVE Updates

IND-A vs NZ-A: Selection meeting on Monday, Priyank Panchal to lead, Umran Malik likely to play in white-ball series against New Zealand A, Follow LIVE Updates

IND-A vs NZ-A: Selection meeting on Monday, Priyank Panchal to lead, Umran Malik likely to play in white-ball series against New Zealand A, Follow LIVE Updates

IND A vs NZ A: Who are in contention for India A Squad?

  • The likes of Abhimanyu Easwaran, Baba Aparajith, Upendra Yadav, Saurabh Kumar and KS Bharat are all set to be a part of the red ball squad.
  • Opener Mayank Agarwal could just get another chance to resurrect his international career.
  • Prasidh Krishna, who is now a part of the Test squad and Navdeep Saini, are all set to be picked for the A games.
  • Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, two injury-prone juniors on whom BCCI and NCA have heavily invested, could also get a look-in.
  • Jammu and Kashmir’s pace sensation Umran Malik, one of the finest raw fast bowling talents, could also be given a platform.
  • Sarfaraz Khan (982 runs), who was in South Africa and had a stellar Ranji Trophy season, is a sure-shot pick for all three ‘Tests’.
  • Rajat Patidar, after a fine IPL and 600 plus runs in Ranji Trophy, also is an automatic choice.
  • Mumbai man Shams Mulani with 45 wickets and 321 runs would consider himself a contender.
  • But an Indian set-up where fitness is given a lot of importance, his portly frame and slow fielding might be an impediment.
  • Also Saurabh Kumar and Bengal’s Shahbaz Ahmed, who scored nearly 500 runs and took 20 wickets this season and is currently in Zimbabwe, could be ahead in the race.
  • Delhi’s U-19 World Cup winning skipper Yash Dhull and Bengal’s fast-medium swing bowler Mukesh Kumar could also be in the mix for the red ball format.
  • Prithvi Shaw is set to return to the India A fold and Venkatesh Iyer would be the all-rounder.

IND-A vs NZ-A: Selection meeting on Monday, Priyank Panchal to lead, Umran Malik likely to play in white-ball series against New Zealand A, Follow LIVE Updates

IND-A vs NZ-A: Selection meeting on Monday, Priyank Panchal to lead, Umran Malik likely to play in white-ball series against New Zealand A, Follow LIVE Updates

However, both Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill will not be considered for the series. Like Siraj, Shubman is expected to play in the County Championships.

The white ball leg of the New Zealand series will mostly comprise of players who are currently playing the ODI series in Zimbabwe. The likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Shahbaz Ahmed will all be a part of the series.

Rishi Dhawan, by sheer weight of his Vijay Hazare Trophy performance, is set to make the cut. But at nearly 33 years of age and bowling at a speed of early and mid-120 kmph, whether Rishi is going to be a serious contender for 2023 World Cup is a big question.

It will be interesting to see whether any of the left-arm seam bowling options like Mohsin Khan, Yash Dayal or T Natarajan get a nod in the squad.

Among spinners, Rahul Chahar, R Sai Kishore, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Kumar Kartikeya will be in contention.

IND-A vs NZ-A: Selection meeting on Monday, Priyank Panchal to lead, Umran Malik likely to play in white-ball series against New Zealand A, Follow LIVE Updates

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