Dhoni set to lead Twenty20 team

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/d/dhoni3_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Mahendra Singh Dhoni is expected to be named captain of the Indian squad for next month's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

Updated: August 09, 2007 08:19 IST
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New Delhi:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is expected to be named captain of the Indian squad for next month's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa when the selectors meet in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Test and ODI discard Virender Sehwag may also make a comeback to the side.

Apart from the Twenty20 sqaud, the selectors will also decide on the squad for the ODI series in England.

But within India's series win over south africa in the Future Cup in Ireland, it is likely that no changes will be made for the one-day sqaud that will take on England in seven ODIs.

That squad consisted of four openers, four middle order batsmen, wicket-keeper Dhoni, two spinners with Powar and Chawla and five pacers.

As many as 10 of these players are likely to feature in the Twenty20 squad as well. The absentees will of course be the big three who have opted out and the others who miss out could be Powar, Zaheer and S Sreesanth.

India has played just one Twenty20 international till now - the least of any of the international teams so far which means the selectors don't have much to go. They know they need fit players, hard hitters and all rounders. Of course the premium is on youth.

That is why Dhoni seems to be the unanimous choice as the Twenty20 captain with Dinesh Karthik as his deputy.

Yuvraj Singh though might be disappointed to miss out. Virender Sehwag ignored, since the one-dayers in Bangaldesh, is expected to make a comeback.

Ajit Agarkar and Harbhajan Singh will be considered, while Irfan Pathan is said to be 50-50.

Mohammad Kaif is unlikely to be picked given that this game does not suit his style.

The newcomers in the team could be Pathan's brother Yusuf, an all-rounder and Yo Mahesh - the bowler from Tamil Nadu.

The certainties are Yuvraj, Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma. Manoj Tiwary and Suresh Raina will be considered provided they have a fitness clearance.

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