Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Chahar, Kishan added to India A squad for South Africa tour. Kishan and Chahar will leave on November 24.
Kishan and Chahar will leave on November 24.
Deepak Chahar and Ishan Kishan will join the India A team in South Africa soon. The two India cricketers, currently in Kolkata with the national T20I squad, will fly to Bloemfontein after the conclusion of the third and final game of the ongoing series against New Zealand, on Sunday (November 21).
The Priyank Panchal-led side has already reached Bloemfontein a couple of days ago for the three-match red-ball series.
Chahar and Kishan will assemble in Mumbai on November 24 and fly from there, with the possibility of Shardul Thakur also joining the squad at a later date.
The inclusion of Kishan and Chahar is in addition to Hanuma Vihari, who was a late entrant to the 14-member squad that was initially announced by Chetan Sharma-headed selection committee on November 9. Kishan will be the second wicketkeeper in the squad which only has Upendra Yadav as the first-choice glovesman. Chahar will be the reinforcement in the pace-bowling department which has four quicks – Navdeep Saini, Umran Malik, Ishan Porel and Arzan Nagwaswalla.
The A team will play three four-day games, all in Bloemfontein, with the first match starting on November 23. The second and third games begin on November 29 and December 6 respectively.
The support staff of the team is being helmed by head coach Shitanshu Kotak. Sairaj Bahutule has been appointed the bowling coach and T Ghosh as the side's fielding coach. Tulsi Ram, a physio at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), has travelled alognisde Vivek Ramakrishna, also of the NCA, as the trainers.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has deputed selector Harvinder Singh for the 25-day tour and flown the initial 26-member squad directly to Bloemfontein by a charter so that they will not have to undergo quarantine. However, the players have been advised on arrival that their movements in the Free State Province city are restricted only to the ground and the hotel.