Friday 17 January 2014 

Chand, Samson Make India's WT20 Probables List

Indian players celebrate a wicket
Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh and Virat Kohli are all in India's provisional squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh
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Young batsmen Unmukt Chand and Sanju Samson have been included in India's 30-man list of probables for the ICC World Twenty20 later this year in Bangladesh.

Chand captained India to victory in the 2012 Under-19 World Cup - just as current batting star Virat Kohli did back in 2008 - while Samson has impressed while playing Indian Premier League cricket for the Rajasthan Royals, becoming the youngest player to score an IPL half-century in April 2013.

All-rounder Stuart Binny and fast bowler Ishwar Pandey, who were called up for the current tour of New Zealand, are also among the uncapped players in the squad, which will be halved to 15 players ahead of the tournament, which begins on 16th March.

Kedar Jadhav, Rajat Bhatia, Mandeep Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem and Karan Sharma are the other players named in the probables list who have yet to play international cricket.

Experienced players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who helped India win the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007, have been left out although Yuvraj Singh, who played a starring role during that success, is back in despite losing his place in the One-Day International squad.

Irfan and Yusuf Pathan, who were both involved in 2007, are also notable absentees.

India will take on Australia, Pakistan, the West Indies and a qualifier (one of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, or Nepal) in their group once the tournament gets underway.

They open their campaign against Pakistan on 21st March in a repeat of the 2007 final, which they won by five runs in Johannesburg.

The Women's provisional squad has also been named although between now and the final squad being announced, they play Sri Lanka in three ODIs and three Twenty20s, giving those involved a final chance to sway the selectors.

India Women play hosts Bangladesh, former champions England, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, beginning with a game against Sri Lanka on 24th March.

India provisional ICC World Twenty20 squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Varun Aaron, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rajat Bhatia, Stuart Binny, Unmukt Chand, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedhar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mandeep Singh, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ishwar Pandey, Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Sanju Samson, Ishant Sharma, Karan Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Yuvraj Singh

India Women provisional ICC World Twenty20 squad: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bist, Sonia Dabir, Archana Das, Anagha Deshpande, Ritu Dhrub, Rajeshwari Gaekwad, Jhulan Goswami, Saika Ishaque, Shwetha Jadhav, Karuna Jain, Neetu Jaiswal, Asha Joy, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anita Lodhi, Smriti Mandhana, Madhuri Mehta, Meghna Singh, Nagarajan Niranjana, Shika Pandey, Snehal Pradhan, Sneh Rana, Poonam Raut, Amita Sharma, Shubhalakshmi Sharma, Gouher Sultana, M.D. Thirushkamini, Vanita V.R, Sushma Verma,

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