In addition, the National Selection Committee is also set to apologize to Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant for their commitments to Proteas.
It is understood that veteran premiere Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who have impressed everyone with their captaincy for Gujarat Titans in IPL 15, are counting on the leadership role for both South Africa and the short two-match T20I series against Ireland.
The T20 rubber against Proteas will start in the national capital on June 9 with the remaining matches in Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot and Bengaluru respectively.
The squad for the SA series will probably be selected on May 22 – the last day of the league phase of this edition of the IPL – in Mumbai.
PTI has already reported that an out-of-form Virat Kohli will also get a much-needed break, but it is understood that for selectors as well as BCCI, the tour in England starting in early July is of utmost importance.
“All senior India players will have at least three and a half weeks of complete rest. Rohit, Virat, KL, Rishabh and Jasprit are all going straight to England for the ‘fifth Test’ after the white ball. We all need our key players to stay fresh ahead of the England series “, said a senior BCCI source with insight into the development to PTI on the condition of anonymity.
As part of workload management, not all senior all-format players will be part of the next seven T20 Internationals.
Asked about the captaincy, the source said: “The selectors have a couple of choices. Shikhar Dhawan, as he has already captained India in the absence of Virat, Rohit and Rahul during last year’s series in Sri Lanka. But Hardik Pandya’s impressive captaincy for Gujarat Titans has “It has not gone unnoticed. So it will be a close conversation,” he added.
Mohsin Khan can pip Umran Malik in the SA squad
Although Umran Malik has created great excitement with his 150 km / h plus pace, there is a feeling that he is too raw and time with the India A team can help him develop better.
While he remains in the mix with death overs specialist Arshdeep Singh, the man who emerges as a “Dark Horse” Lucknow Super Giants left-hander is Mohsin Khan.
“Our bowling department is established and voters may not be experimenting too much,” he said.
“But yes, Mohsin has impressed almost everyone with his pace, bounce and swing in this edition. He has a chance. With that said, do not rule out Umran or Arshdeep either, but Mohsin may just be a little ahead,” he added.
It is understood that most of the players who recently played in the T20 series against Sri Lanka and the Caribbean will be retained regardless of their current IPL form.
Obviously Suryakumar Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja’s injury must be taken into account and Deepak Chahar will not be available either.
Such as Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda along with Dhawan and Hardik will form the core of the battle unit. Sanju Samson could also be retained and there could be at most one left field choice in the squad.
In the pace bowling unit, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishna, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan are all safe, along with the IPL’s fantastic spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal. Kuldeep Yadav is also expected to make the cut.