A few regular members of India’s white-ball squad are likely to be rested for the eight-match series against the West Indies later this month. While the players to be left out are not yet decided but it will be the senior players rather than the youngsters as many expected. However, Team India will play three ODIs and five T20Is against the West Indies between July 22 and August 7 in the Caribbean and the US as well.
While the announcement of the squads was about to take place in the last few days, it has been delayed as the national selectors are yet to finalise the rest issues. Selection committee chairman Chetan Sharma, who is travelling with the team in England, will have a chat with the players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant among others after the final day of the Edgbaston Test as well.
With the head coach Rahul Dravid has had to work with plenty of captains in his short tenure so far, the selectors may not go with the idea of resting the captain once more as well. Meanwhile, Rohit, having skipped the home South Africa series and the ongoing Test by choice and compulsion respectively, may lead the squads.
On the other hand, the Indian white-ball team apart from captain Rohit Sharma has reached Southampton where India will play a six-match white-ball series against England starting with a T20I on Thursday (July 7). Meanwhile, VVS Laxman, who went to Ireland as the coach of the T20I side, is also travelling with the team and managed the side during the two warm-up games, against Derbyshire and Northamptonshire, on July 1 and 3 as well.
However, after the Southampton game, India will return to Birmingham to play the second T20I before going to Nottingham for the third and final T20 game as well. As far as the three ODIs are concerned, two will be in London (The Oval and Lord’s) on July 12 and 14 respectively. The final match of the series will be played in Manchester on July 17 following which India travel to Trinidad for the West Indies series as well.