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Rahul Tewatia, Varun Chakravarthy uncertain for T20I series against England after failing in the fitness test


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Despite having a maiden Team India call-up, Haryana's Rahul Tewatia looked uncertain as the all-rounder has failed to clear the fitness test recently. It is also noteworthy that, the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) has set some rules and parameters regarding team selection.

Tewatia came in the limelight after with his swashbuckling batting in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and earned his maiden call up for Team India for the upcoming T20I series against England.

However, not only him but spinner Varun Chakravarthy too has failed the fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru recently. According to a report in The Telegraph, his participation in the upcoming series looks slim as well. 

According to BCCI's new selection rules and parameters, it is mandatory for every player to clear one of the two fitness tests to be selected. They either have to achieve a score of 17:1 in the Yo-yo test or covering 2km in 8.3 minutes to be eligible for selection.

However, Varun received his maiden call-up for the T20I series against Australia in 2020 after having a stunning season of Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise. But he couldn't travel with the team due to his injury and eventually miss out as well.

But, here both Rahul and Varun will get another chance to prove their fitness along with other players who fail to clear the fitness test in the first attempt. However, 30 cricketers participate in the Test at the NCA, which included the players like Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal, T. Natarajan, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, among others.

The five-match T20I series will begin on March 12 after the fourth and final test in Ahmedabad.