Irfan Pathan has backed Umran Malik to be included in the India A squad for the tour of South Africa. Pathan expressed his disappointment with the selection committee’s decision to leave Malik out, despite his previous experience with the Indian team. However, Malik has struggled in international and domestic cricket, despite holding the record for the fastest delivery from an Indian bowler at 157 km/hr. The selection committee has also announced separate captains for the ODI, T20I, and Test formats. KL Rahul will lead the ODI squad, Suryakumar Yadav will captain the T20I squad, and Rohit Sharma will captain the Test squad.
India’s squad for the series against South Africa has been announced, with Rahul leading the ODI team and Sharma captaining the Test side. Additionally, Mohammad Shami’s availability is contingent on his fitness. The squads for the Tests, T20Is, and ODIs have also been finalized, with notable inclusions such as Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. Additionally, India A’s squad for the 1st four-day match has also been revealed.