Patil: Tried to provide back-up options

Mumbai: The selectors have tried to provide the team management with back-up options for all departments in the upcoming Test series against England, according to new chief selector Sandeep Patil, who also said that promising youngsters will get their "due chance" whenever the slots open up.

Patil, on Monday, clarified that the selectors had chosen three openers and not four in the Indian squad for the first two Tests with Murali Vijay being the reserve opener and Ajinkya Rahane being picked as a middle-order batsman.

"We have selected three openers, not four... Rahane has been picked as a middle-order batsman. We've tried to provide the captain and the team management with back-up options for all departments. We have an extra spinner, a top-order batsman, a middle-order batsman and a pacer", he said.

Asked whether the selectors had any specific long-term goal for the team, Patil said: "No, we're going match by match and series by series."

"Every match is going to be important and we want the Indian team to do well in each of those matches… Let's not talk about the season ahead of us, but concentrate on the series against England that is coming up", he said.


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