Saturday 7 July 2007 

India Name Preliminary Twenty20 Squad Minus Big Stars

The opting out of Indian batting stars Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly is the major talking point as India named their 30-man preliminary squad for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa in September.

Opener Virender Sehwag, recently dropped from the side, returns to the squad, which will be trimmed to 15 in time for the tournament, which will take place from September 12th to 24th.

Preliminary Indian squad:

Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni, Mohammad Kaif, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary, Neeraj Patel, Karan Goel, Cheteshwar Pujara, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Joginder Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Ramesh Powar, Rajesh Pawar, Niranjan Behara, Aniruddh Srikkanth, Praveen Kumar.