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The Indian team has now started preparing its final team for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. Series by series the players are being tried one by one. After England, India has to play the first ODI and then the T20 series in West Indies. The team has been selected for the ODI in which the senior players have been rested. It is reported that seniors like captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya will be named in the team in the T20 series while Kohli is reported to be rested.
Team India can be announced on July 11 for the five-match T20 series between India and West Indies. After the T20 series against England is over, the team will be selected for the series against West Indies and all senior players are set to play in this series. However, Virat Kohli himself has sought rest from the entire West Indies tour and he will not be a part of the Indian team in this series.
In the ODI series, many senior players including Virat were rested, but for the T20 series, all senior players except Virat will be available. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is also set to return to the T20 team in this series. The five-match T20I series between India and West Indies will begin on July 29 and end on August 7.
According to a BCCI official, Ashwin is part of Indias plan for the T20 World Cup. He will play in the T20 series against West Indies. At the same time, Washington Sundar is still not fit to play. When he is fit, he will play for Lancashire in the Royal London Cup and County Championship.
Virat may join the Indian team in the Asia Cup after the break in the West Indies series, but his place in the team will be decided on the basis of his performance in the two T20Is against England. Meanwhile, the Indian team can play the T20 series against Zimbabwe and like Ireland, the B team will tour here.
KL Rahul may be fit ahead of the Asia Cup and be a part of the T20I series in Zimbabwe. The Asia Cup is to be held after this series. In such a situation, senior players are sure to be given rest. Deepak Chahar, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, may also be fit before the Asia Cup and make a comeback in Team India. The Asia Cup will start on August 27.
|DATE AND TIME||MATCH DETAILS||VENUES|
|Jul 22, Fri/7:00 PM||West Indies vs India, 1st ODI||Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad|
|Jul 24, Sun/7:00 PM||West Indies vs India, 2nd ODI||Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad|
|Jul 27, Wed/7:00 PM||West Indies vs India, 3rd ODI||Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad|
|Jul 29, Fri/8:00 PM||West Indies vs India, 1st T20I||Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad|
|Aug 01, Mon/8:00 PM||West Indies vs India, 2nd T20I||Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts|
|Aug 02, Tue/8:00 PM||West Indies vs India, 3rd T20I||Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts|
|Aug 06, Sat/8:00 PM||West Indies vs India, 4th T20I||Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium|
|Aug 07, Sun/8:00 PM||West Indies vs India, 5th T20I||Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium|