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Four Veteran Players Replaced by Youngsters in Indian Squad for New Zealand Series

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After the T20 World Cup tournament, the Indian team will be hosting a short series that will happen for less than a week against New Zealand. Since it might be tiring for the Indian squad to play back to back series, BCCI has decided to bring in the young team to play the three-match T20 game that will happen on 17TH, 19th, and 21ST of November at Jaipur, Ranchi, and Kolkata respectively. Followed by that, there will be two Test matches that are scheduled on 25TH November and 3rd December at Kanpur and Mumbai.

From the start of the World Test Championship at Southampton in June, few Indian players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah have been in the bio-bubble. It is difficult to endure the code of conduct for these many months.

It’s clearly seen these players would require some time off their usual games. Since Kohli has stepped down from the T20 captaincy, things seem quite worked up as they are yet to find a captain for the team. However, this replacement has brought in smiles for few players as they will be getting a chance to spend some quality time with their family members.

In this event, young budding talents like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Harshal Patel, Venkatesh Iyer, and Avesh Khan are expected to pitch in the short series. Few sources reveal that the veteran coach, Rahul Dravid will be the interim coach for the New Zealand series. Ravi Shastri who is currently in charge will complete his tenure by the end of this month’s T20 World Cup.

The NCA team must plan things well in advance for the Under 19 world cup next year. The team selected will be playing for the Challengers and four nation junior meet. In the due course of time, BCCI will be able to get a coach to train the players. However, before this could take place, Madan Lal will be removed from the Cricket Advisory Committee since he is above the age of 70 and the Lodha committee reforms states that an age gap is mandatory.