Gambhir to lead Board President’s XI against Australia

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010, 15:24 PM IST

Chennai: A fit-again Gautam Gambhir will lead a 14-member Indian Board President’s XI against the touring Australian team in a three-day practice match from September 25 in Chandigarh.

The BCCI’s selection panel met here at the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association headquarters at M A Chidambaram Stadium on Friday and selected the team for the match which precedes the two-match Test series starting October 2 in Mohali, Board Secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.

Gambhir, who was nursing a knee injury, is the only senior player in the team which comprises mostly of youngsters.

The batting line-up features promising names such as Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha along with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

The pace attack would be spearheaded by S Sreesanth with R Ashwin and Abhimanyu Mithun for company.

The slower bowling department would be led by Piyush Chawla.

Australia will also play a three-match ODI series after the Tests, starting October 19 in Kochi.

The Board President’s XI squad: Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Shikar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Abhimanyu Mithun, S Sreesanth, Jaydev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Ravindra Jadeja.

PTI