Selection headache: Toss between Nehra and Shami

Last Updated: Sun, Apr 23, 2017 16:06 hrs
Selectors are caught in a dilemma whether to include Ashish Nehra or Mohammed Shami for the Champions Trophy.

The BCCI selection committee is caught in a tight spot over India's fast bowling combination for the upcoming Champions Trophy.

The fourth pacer's slot is heating up and the selectors are in dilemma whether to include veteran pacer Ashish Nehra or Mohammed Shami.

Team India have to announce their squad on or before April 25, which is the cut-off date set by ICC. However, the date of the selection committee meeting has not been finalised yet.

While Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are automatic choices in the spin department, the selection committee has to still decide on the pace batteries.

Death-overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah, swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and speed merchant Umesh Yadav are certainties in the squad of 15 subject to fitness.

Hardik Pandya in all likeliness will be there as the pace bowling all-rounder.

This leaves one slot in the pace department for which there are two contenders - Mohammed Shami and Ashish Nehra.

While Shami has been a potent bowler for India in Test format, the last time he played an ODI match was during the World Cup semi-final against Australia at Sydney, back in 2015.

In case of Nehra, it was even further back during the 2011 World Cup semi-final but the veteran left-arm pacer has since made another comeback in 2016 in the shortest format, where he has been quite a success.

According to top BCCI officials, skipper Virat Kohli wants Nehra to be a part of the bowling attack. His vast knowledge is a big help for the younger pacers, not to forget his brilliant match-reading ability.

In fact, Nehra played Vijay Hazare Trophy for Delhi and he remains a serious contender to be picked for the mega event.

More from Sify: