New Delhi - Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep
Yadav were picked on Thursday for India's limited-overs tour of the West
Indies comprising five one-day internationals (ODI) and one Twenty20
starting June 23.
The two youngsters replace opening batsman Rohit
Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya from the 15-man Champions Trophy
squad, which is defending its title in England and Wales.
who has played just one T20 international for India, and Yadav were
already on the radar after being named among five players kept on
standby for the 50-over tournament.
The duo have been rewarded for
their excellent showing on the domestic circuit, including impressive
displays in the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.
hit two fifties for Delhi Daredevils in the recent IPL edition,
following on from a 326-ball 308 in the domestic Ranji Trophy last
His aggressive left-handed batting and ability to handle
the pressure of a high-stakes match impressed chief selector MSK Prasad,
who described him as a "player for the future".
Yadav piqued interest in his Test debut, clinching four wickets in India's series victory over Australia in March.
The 22-year-old from Kanpur in northern India also put in a strong showing for his IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders.
Virat Kohli-led India will leave directly for the Caribbean Islands
after wrapping up their ongoing Champions Trophy campaign.
though do not officially have a coach for the West Indies tour, with
Anil Kumble only contracted until the end of the Champions Trophy.
administrative staff of the Indian Cricket Team will continue for the
tour of West Indies," said the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI), without clarifying the coach's position.
The BCCI has
hinted Kumble could stay on for the West Indies tour. The position for
head coach was advertised last month, with Kumble among the names in the
Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra
Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran
Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar,
Kuldeep Yadav and Dinesh Karthik.