Shardul Thakur replaces Axar Patel in India's T20 WC squad
New Delhi/UNI: Shardul Thakur replaced all-rounder Axar Patel in team India's T20 World Cup squad, BCCI said on Wednesday.
Bowling all-rounder Patel, who was a part of the 15-member squad, now will be on the list of standby players.
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee after a discussion with the team management has added Shardul Thakur to the main squad. All-rounder Axar Patel, who was part of the 15-member squad will now be on the list of stand-by players," BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.
The selectors reportedly added Thakur to the squad to have an extra pacer in the team with the uncertainty over Hardik Pandya's bowling.
Patel will only get a look-in in the team if Ravindra Jadeja or R Ashwin -- two like-for-like spin bowling all-rounders -- is injured.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played between October 17 and November 14 in Oman and UAE.
India will begin their campaign as the host of the World Cup against England in the Middle-East on October 18.
India's revised squad for T20 WC: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami
Stand-by players: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel
The following cricketers will also join the Indian team bubble in Dubai for training: Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, Harshal Patel, Lukman Meriwala, Venkatesh Iyer, Karn Sharma, Shahbaz Ahmed and K. Gowtham