Kolkata, June 08: Javagal Srinath was not considered, so the 15-member squad selected here on Saturday for the one-day Tri-series in England didn't have any surprises.
However, it wasn't as if the afternoon was without surprises. In fact, there were two. First, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) general-secretary Niranjan Shah announced a 16-member Test squad as well. The second: Gujarat wicket-keeper batsman and junior World Cup skipper Parthiv Patel found a place in that list.
Apart from Shah, the selection committee meeting was attended by chairman Chandu Borde, Madan Lal from North Zone, Shivlal Yadav from South Zone, Sanjay Jagdale from Central Zone, Ashok Malhotra from East Zone and skipper Sourav Ganguly.
The announcement of the squad for the Tests, which follows the tri-series, so early on was done at Ganguly's behest.
Srinath, who had announced retirement from Tests was not considered for the One-dayers, Shah said. For the Test squad, Patel replaces Deep Dasgupta.
Shah added that Sanjay Bangar, who retained his place, would be considered for the opener's slot apart from regular openers S S Das and Wasim Jaffer.
The lone change in the ODI squad was the return of Anil Kumble, in place of Murali Kartik. Rahul Dravid, who kept wickets in the West Indies, was also a candidate behind the stumps for the England tour, according to the Board secretary.
'All-rounder' Ajit Agarkar finds a place in both the Test and ODI squads.