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Dhoni to lead India

Wicket-keeper installed as Twenty20 skipper

Dhoni: New leader

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead a new look India team at September's inaugural Twenty20 World Championship.

The 26-year-old wicket-keeper was promoted to one-day vice-captain for the tour of England and Ireland this summer.

He now prepares to take a relatively inexperienced side to South Africa, with five of the country's biggest names omitted.

Test and one-day captain Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Zaheer Khan opted out of the tournament, while VVS Laxman was overlooked.

Attacking opener Virender Sehwag, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and all-rounder Irfan Pathan have been brought back in.


The Pathan family can also celebrate 24-year-old son Yusuf's call-up, with the big-hitting all-rounder set for his international debut.

India claimed a six-wicket victory in their one and only Twenty20 international so far, against hosts South Africa in December.

Scotland are the country's first opponents on September 13, before an eagerly-anticipated contest with arch-rivals Pakistan the day after.

Dhoni's men will be eager give a good account of themselves, particularly following their disappointing first-round exit at the World Cup earlier this year.

Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Irfan Pathan, Agit Agarkar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Joginder Sharma.