Team is well-balanced and fit: Srikkanth

Chennai: Selection committee chief, Kris Srikant today assured that the 15-member Indian squad announced for the first two ODIs against England is well-balanced and completely fit.

Srikant said the selection committee had a threadbare discussion in the presence of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and new selector Mohinder Amarnath, and they made a unanimous selection of the team for the Hyderabad and Delhi match.

"This is the first selection meeting of the new committee and we had a good discussion. Dhoni and new selector Jimmy was with us. We discussed everything threadbare and we have come to a good combination. We have chosen a very balanced side," Srikant said.

"We have selected the team just for the first two ODIs and after the Delhi match we will select the team for next matches. We have big series coming up against West Indies followed by the tour of Australia," he added.

"We have not compromised on quality, it is a well-balanced side, a rejuvenated one, and even Dhoni is confident we will do well in future," he added.

Srikant said, "Fitness will be properly scrutinized. We will go by the NCA report and will be strict with fitness issues, unless players are 100 percent fit, they themselves will not like to play."

Harbhajan Singh was today dropped while young spinner Rahul Sharma and pace man Sreenath Aravind were included in India`s depleted 15-member squad, which will also see Gautam Gambhir returning to the side after missing the ODI series during the tour of England because of concussion.

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