With India already having three specialist spinners — off-spinner R Ashwin, left-arm spinner Axar Patel and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in their ranks, there is a question mark if a fourth specialist spinner is warranted.
If they seek a straightforward replacement, then it will be Saurabh Kumar, the India A bowler.
But there are speculations that new selection committee or Indian team management (in case new committee is not formed by then) could utilise Suryakumar Yadav’s red-hot form and include him in the longer version.
India are due to play two Tests and three ODIs in Bangladesh and a full strength team under Rohit Sharma is set to visit the neighbouring nation.
India will play two Tests — December 14-18 in Chittagong and December 22-26 in Mirpur after a short three-match ODI series in the first week of next month.
Jadeja had undergone a knee surgery after the Asia Cup in UAE and was then ruled out for an indefinite period.
“Jadeja has been to NCA for his check-up and rehab on a number of occasion. However as of now, it is unlikely that he will be fit for the Bangladesh series. In any case, Chetan Sharma-led former selection committee had kept him in the squad subject to fitness,” a BCCI source privy to developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
There is still some time to announce the replacement.
Saurabh has been a part of the Test squad during the series against Sri Lanka earlier this year. He also got a five-for against New Zealand A in an ‘A’ Test series in Bengaluru.
But the second option could be an adventurous one as Ashwin, Kuldeep and Axar’s presence makes it difficult to select a fourth spinner.
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