Posted On Friday, August 10, 2012 at 08:49:52 AM
The question of Yuvraj Singh's immediate future and VVS Laxman's Test career will be decided today when the selectors pick the respective squads for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in September and the two-Test series against New Zealand that starts on August 23.
Laxman is likely to be selected for the series against New Zealand but it remains to be seen whether it comes with a rider about his future. As for Yuvraj, the selectors will decide whether to select him without ascertaining his match fitness.
Yuvraj was initially supposed to play in Buchi Babu tournament to prove his match fitness but it starts only on August 16. And the ICC rules stipulate that the boards submit the T20 squad by August 18.
Perhaps, due to that time crunch, the thinking is that nothing much can be ascertained from watching him play a solitary game in that tournament. “The question is about his match fitness.
We know that he has been working hard at the NCA but we can't jump the gun,” a source told Mirror. “We will decide whether to take a punt or not. The tournament is in September and so it has to be seen whether we are confident that he will be match fit by then. Whether it's worth taking that risk.”
The issue over Laxman is different. Will the Test series against New Zealand be his last or will he play longer? “The chief selector would have already spoken to Laxman; we shall have a thorough discussion over his issue,” the source said.
The New Zealand series also marks the start of India’s journey without Rahul Dravid. Cheteshwar Pujara, who has long been touted as Dravid’s ideal replacement, is likely to get the nod ahead of Rohit Sharma.