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Priyank Panchal, Sandeep Warrier Among Players Identified as Future India Backups by Prasad

Outgoing chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, who has officially completed his five-year term has identified the batsmen and the bowlers that will comprise the bench to serve the Indian cricket team in the future.

Priyank Panchal, Sandeep Warrier Among Players Identified as Future India Backups by Prasad

Outgoing chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, who has officially completed his five-year term has identified the batsmen and the bowlers that will comprise the bench to serve the Indian cricket team in the future.

Prasad’s picks will act as a base for the new chairman of selectors to choose from and work with, and mostly comprises of the players that were selected for India A’s series against New Zealand A.

“If you take the case of openers, now with Rohit (Sharma) stepping up, you have Rohit, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal. On any given day, any of these guys can open for India. That’s how we have groomed them from a systematic process through India A tours,” Prasad told Hindustan Times.

As far as India’s bowling is concerned, the team already boasts of arguably the best fast bowling attack in the world, with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. Prasad mentioned six names who he thinks are capable of stepping up to the plate.

“Talking of fast bowling back-ups, we have Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Warrier, Ishant Porel and Mohammed Siraj. So, there is a bench for every slot. I am sure this will pave the way and strengthen the Indian team across all formats,” Prasad said.​

India A's T20 and ODI series against New Zealand A begins on January 24 with the first T20 at Eden Park.



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