National selection meet to choose first Test team put off to Mar 17

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Mumbai, Mar 6 (UNI) The national selectors who were supposed to meet here on March 9 to select the Indian team for the first Test against South Africa beginning in Chennai from March 26, will now meet on March 17.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sources said here that the meeting would now be held on March 17 in Bangalore instead of Mumbai.

''The meeting has been postponed to March 17 and will now be held at Bangalore. The selectors wanted to see performance of players in (some matches) the Deodhar Trophy before choosing the team,'' BCCI sources said.

Originally, the meeting was to be held in Mumbai but has been moved to Bangalore, one of the three venues to host matches in the Deodhar Trophy inter-zonal limited overs tournament from March 14 to 26.

The first India-South Africa Test is scheduled at Chennai's M A Chidambaram Stadium from March 26-30 and the remaining two matches in the rubber are to be played at Ahmedabad (April 3-7) and Kanpur (April 11-15). The Proteas are to arrive in Chennai on March 21.

Meanwhile, all the players who were part of the Test squad in Australia but not members of the victorious one-day team, will undergo a fitness-specific assessment in Bangalore at the National Cricket Academy tomorrow.

Skipper Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, V V S Laxman and Wasim Jaffer had returned from Australia at the conclusion of the Test rubber in January-end and will have to undergo the fitness test.

Injured speedsters Zaheer Khan, who has gone to South Africa for treatment to his ankle, and R P Singh would also have to undergo a similar fitness assessment prior to the selection panel meeting, the sources added.

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