Navdeep Saini surprised by Test team call-up for West Indies series: Was not expecting that

By India Today Sports Desk: India pacer Navdeep Saini, who was set to play in the County cricket has been called back into the Indian Test side for the upcoming West Indies series. West Indies is set to be India's first assignment in the new World Test Championship cycle, whose final is going to be played at Lord's in 2025. Saini, who was contracted by Worcestershire is set to miss three matches for the English side as the schedule is going to coincide with the Test series in the West Indies.

India will play their opening Test in Dominica from July 12-16 while the second and final game will be held in Jamaica from July 20-24.

Worcestershire on Friday, 23 June, announced the signing of India pacer Navdeep Saini as their second overseas player for the upcoming four matches until the end of July. But minutes later the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced their line-up which included Navdeep Saini.

The 30-year-old Saini, is set to make his Worcestershire debut in the Sunday’s clash against Derbyshire at New Road.

The pacer himself was left surprised by the call-up and said that he learnt about the news after landing in the United Kingdom.

“I came here to play county (cricket), landing today itself, and the moment I got out from the airport, I received the news that I have been selected for the West Indies tour,” Saini told The Indian Express from London.

The pacer said that he was not expecting a call despite practicing with the Dukes ball during the Indian Premier League.

“Honestly, I was not expecting this call. Yes, during the IPL, I was training with the Dukes ball because I thought I might get picked as a net bowler or would be among the standbys for the World Test Championship final,” Saini said.

“Hopefully, I will get to play one match before going to the West Indies. It will be good preparation for me to get some overs under my belt,” he further added.

The pacer was hopeful that he will do well if given a chance.

“This will be my second tour to the West Indies. Last time I didn’t get a chance to play, but hopefully, this time I will. I know the conditions. The pitches are low and slow and similar to those back home,” Saini concluded.

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