IPL stars included by India
IPL stars Rudra Pratap Singh and Pragyan Ojha have been called up to India's World Twenty20 squad.
Last Updated: 26/05/09 11:03am
Rudra Pratap Singh and Pragyan Ojha have been rewarded for their stellar Indian Premier League (IPL) performances with a call-up to India's ICC World Twenty20 squad.
Left-arm seamer Singh, who last donned India colours against England in November, was recalled after taking 12 wickets from six games for the Deccan Chargers in South Africa.
Ojha, a left-arm spinner, is the second-most successful Indian bowler in the IPL after his Chargers team-mate Singh, with 10 wickets in six matches.
Singh grabbed 12 wickets in the inaugural World Twenty20 tournament, which India won in spectacular fashion against Pakistan in South Africa in 2007.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team will also be bolstered by the inclusion of pace spearheads Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, who both missed out two years ago.
The selectors retain nine members of the winning squad, leaving out seamers Ajit Agarkar, Joginder Sharma and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, batsmen Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthick, and spinner Piyush Chawla.
Veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar, the world's leading run-scorer in both Test and one-day international cricket, has made himself unavailable for Twenty20 internationals despite leading Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
Dhoni's team have been drawn with Ireland and Bangladesh in the preliminary round of the summer's event that will be played in London and Nottingham from June 5-21.
India squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag (vice-capt), Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Pragyan Ojha, Irfan Pathan.