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Shikhar Dhawan to replace injured Murali Vijay

Vijay complained of pain in his right wrist while playing a preparatory match

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Shikhar Dhawan to replace injured Murali Vijay for India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2017

The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Monday named Shikhar Dhawan as the replacement for injured Murali Vijay in the Test team, which is scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series.

Vijay, who had suffered a wrist injury during Australia’s tour of India, has complained of pain in his right wrist, while playing a preparatory match. The BCCI medical team has therefore advised that Vijay should continue his rehabilitation program.

The team is as follows:

Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice captain), Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, W Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, M Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.







July 21-22


Colombo (Moratuwa)


July 26-30

1st Test

GICS, Galle


Aug 3-7

2nd Test

SSC, Colombo


Aug 12-16

3rd Test

PICS, Kandy



Amitabh Choudhary

Acting Hony. Secretary




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The COA hails the CAC coach recommendation

The Cricket Advisory Committee has made its recommendation regarding the coach. It is a comprehensive recommendation covering all aspects of the coaching requirement of any team. They have applied themselves to the cause at hand with dedication and commitment. This is exactly what we had expected from a committee of such distinguished cricketers. On behalf of all interested in ‘Cricket India’, BCCI and the COA, I thank them for the service so willingly rendered by them. We accept their recommendation in totality.

A coach is a mentor to a team. He is a friend and an elder buddy. He has to actively contribute to building up the morale and harmony in the dressing room. Motivating and guiding the players off the ground is the responsibility of the Coach. The captain is the leader and the gladiator on the ground. Any team is always built around the leadership qualities and professionalism of the captain. He is the Face of the team. The coach has to provide backroom support.

It is with this objective in mind that the job of selection of a coach was entrusted to three of the most experienced former players/captains of the Indian team. They have been in the thick of it all themselves.

Now that they have made the choice, we sincerely feel that the new combination will steward the team to number 1 position in the World Cup.

We need to put the immediate past events to rest and wish the team, the Captain, coach and support staff a very ‘happy Innings’ in the run up to the World Cup.

The BCCI and COA wish ‘Team India’ all the very best.



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