India have recalled bowlers Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan and aggressive batsman Virender Sehwag for next month's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.
Wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named captain of the 15-player squad in the absence of regular skipper Rahul Dravid, who opted out of the inaugural event along with veteran batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly.
Off spinner Harbhajan and left-arm seamer Pathan, overlooked for the current Test and one-day series in England, were recalled following useful stints with English county Surrey and India A respectively.
"Dhoni is already the vice-captain of the one-day team, so it is no surprise that he has been made captain for the Twenty20 championship," Indian board secretary Niranjan Shah said yesterday.
The Twenty20 event will give Sehwag, 28, a chance to re-establish himself after he was dropped due to a loss of form.
"He was never written off," Shah stated. "He is a big hitter who will be useful in Twenty20."
Paceman Munaf Patel has been included in India's 15-player one-day squad for the seven-match series in England starting on August 21.
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