First BCCI had decided that the selectors will pick the team for upcoming T20 series on 4th September. But they changed the plan and selected the team a week before the time. BCCI had to change their decision after a request from team India jersey manufacturer Nike.
Early Team India Squad Announcement
Recently, Oppo ended their jersey sponsorship deal with team India. In 2017, mobile manufacture company Oppo had signed 1079 crore rupees deal with BCCI to be the sponsor of team India. However, now Oppo pulled out as it finds the amount it paying to BCCI for the deal is too high.
Now, the Bangalore based online tutorial firm Byju’s has replaced Oppo as the sponsor. Their logo to be printed on the Indian jersey. That’s why Nike asked BCCI to select the squad early so they can get enough time to create new jerseys, kit bags etc for every individual who will play in the series.
South Africa Tour Of India
South Africa will tour India for the 3 T20I and 3 Test matches. The tour starting with T20 match in Dharamshala on 15th September. Once again MS Dhoni’s name is missing from the squad. On not picking Dhoni MSK Prasad told that Dhoni himself has denied playing the T20 series.
However, selectors are looking to give Rishabh Pant all the chances before the T20 Wolrd Cup 2020. Also, India’s frontline bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami have been rested. While Hardik Pandya is making comeback after missing West Indies tour.
India Squad For T20 Series vs South Africa: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini