India Test squad for first two Tests on October 1

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Mumbai, Sep 29 (UNI) The new Selection Committee under the chairmanship of K Srikkanth will be meeting on October 1 to select a 14-member Indian team for the first two Tests against Australia.

''The 14-member team for the first two Tests is to be picked on October 1 in Mumbai. There is a likelihood of the selectors linking up with Anil Kumble, who is expected to be chosen to lead the team, and coach Gary Kirsten in Bangalore,'' Cricket board sources told UNI.

There is also a possibility that the selection will be done by linking up the selectors through a teleconference, they said.

The reason for the selectors having a tele-conference with the captain and coach is because the camp for the India probables has already commenced at Bangalore and they may not like to leave the camp, sources said.

The captain and the coach of the team will give their inputs to the selectors but do not have a vote while choosing the team.

The first test will commence in Bangalore from October 9, while the second is scheduled at Mohali from 17.

The new members of the selection panel apart from Srikkanth are Yashpal Sharma, Narendra Hirwani, Raja Venkat and Surendra Bhave.

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