Indian cricketers attend pre-season conditioning camp

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Mumbai, Aug 12 (ANI): India's cricket squad was shaping up well ahead of next month's Champions Trophy.

Talking to reporters here on Tuesday coach Gary Kirsten said, "We wanted to do a series of assessments and obviously this was the first one we got a camp at the end of the month, where we are going to do more ...then before we go Sri Lanka, so it's really a beginning process of an era in our game and as we feel we can do some work on it. So, I was really happy the way it went."

India has named veteran batsmen Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in the preliminary squad for the Champions Trophy to be held in South Africa in September.

Former captain Dravid's last one-day international appearance came in October 2007 before selectors pitched for youth with an eye on the 2011 World Cup to be staged in the sub-continent.

However, the selection committee named Dravid to the probables along with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag after a young Indian batting unit struggled against short-pitched bowling at Twenty20 World Cup in England.

Tendulkar, who does not play Twenty20 internationals, opted out of the recent one-day tour of the West Indies while swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag missed the Caribbean trip due to a shoulder injury that ruled him out of the World Twenty20 event.

Kirsten said Sehwag was undergoing a rehabilitation programme and would undergo fitness test shortly.

"Sehwag is in rehab at the moment, so he is going through that process. I think things are looking really good there, so we are...he will be doing assessment in a few days down in NCA (National Cricket Academy). We are happy with his progress and hopefully have him," he added.

India's next assignment is a triangular one-day series involving hosts Sri Lanka and New Zealand from September 8 to14, followed by the Champions Trophy in South Africa from September 22 to October 5. (ANI)

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