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Joginder, Sreesanth surprise absentees in Twenty20 WC probables

Pacers Joginder Sharma, who starred in the 2007 World Twenty20 Championships, and S Sreesanth were left out of the 30 probables announced by the BCCI on Saturday for the second edition of the prestigious event to be held in England in June.

Piyush Chawla and Ajit Agarkar were the other prominent names which did not figure among the probables, otherwise comprising members of the inaugural World Cup winning Indian squad.

While Sreesanth, who is nursing an ankle injury and was suppose to be fit before the T20 World Cup, no reason was known for omission of Sharma, Chawla and Agarkar.

BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan refused to comment on the omission of the players who played in the last edition of the tournament.

“The Board cannot comment on player selection. It is a matter concerning the selectors not us,” he said.

Batsman Robin Uthappa returned to national fold after around an eight-month lay off even as senior pros Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman continued to remain out of the Twenty20 scheme of things.

The list will be pruned to half before a final squad is named.

Probables: Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Kaarthick, Gautam Gambhir, M Vijay, M S Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Zaheer Khan, Abhishek Nayar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, R P Singh, Pragyan Ojha, L Balaji, Harbhajan Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Naman Ojha.

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