BCCI replaces Deepak Chahar with brother Rahul for BP XI

The Board admitted its inadvertent error in a communique on Tuesday.

BCCI included Deepak Chahar (in picture) in the Board President’s XI squad by mistake.   -  K. R. Deepak

The BCCI has replaced Rajasthan medium-pacer Deepak Chahar - included admittedly by mistake - by his brother Rahul, a leg-spinner, in the Board President’s XI squad for warm-up games against the visiting New Zealand team.

On Monday, the BCCI had issued a communique declaring the squad. Deepak Chahar’s inclusion had raised eyebrows considering he had no performance to merit a place in the squad.

It later emerged that selectors wanted to pick Rahul, who is a current India U-19 player and who also did well during the recent colts tour to England.

‘Inadvertent’

It is understood that the Board mixed up the names which led to the clerical error. “It was inadvertently mentioned that Deepak Chahar would represent the Board President’s XI team for the warm-up matches against New Zealand ahead of their ODI series against India. Rahul Chahar will feature in the squad that will play two matches at CCI in Mumbai,” BCCI admitted on Tuesday.

In another deveploment, Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the one-day series against New Zealand A after sustaining a side strain. Ankit Bawne, who scored 162 in the second “unofficial Test”, will now be a part of the team for the first three matches after being initially named in the squad for the last two games.

The senior selection committee has also included Deepak Hooda for the last two one-day games.