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Shikhar Dhawan included in India A squad for final two South Africa A one-dayers

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New Delhi: India’s national selectors have added Shikhar Dhawan to the squad for the ongoing series against South Africa A in Trivandrum. Dhawan will be available for the final two one-dayers to be skippered by Shreyas Iyer. The MSK Prasad-led selection committee also confirmed that all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the remainder of the series after suffering a thumb fracture.

Dhawan, who returned to competitive cricket after suffering a World Cup-ending finger injury in June, had modest returns in the limited-overs in West Indies. The southpaw played all three T20Is, aggregating only 27 runs while the two ODIs too brought only 38 runs. He has been named in India’s 15-member T20I squad for the forthcoming home series against South Africa and with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul also offering opening alternatives.

Meanwhile, Vijay, who didn’t play the first one-dayer faces another testing spell on the treatment table as he looks to force his way back into national reckoning. Picked as India’s first-choice No.4 for the World Cup, Vijay first lost his place to KL Rahul in the middle-order before an toe injury ended his World Cup campaign. He wasn’t picked for the tour of West Indies.

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Woman, three children die in fire in UP village

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Banda, Dec 26 : Three children and their mother were burnt to death in a fire which spread from a bonfire in Dubey Purva Mau village in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Mahendra Pratap Chauhan, said, “Kallu, a resident of Dubey Purva village in Marka police station area in Banda district is a daily wager from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He lived there along with his wife and three children. The sparks emanating from the bonfire lit due to the cold gutted the entire house. Possible other reasons behind the fire are also being probed.”

According to the locals, the villagers raised an alarm when they saw the flames engulfing Kallu’s house. By the time they were able to break open the door, the entire house had turned into rubble. There was only burnt debris and smoke everywhere. On receiving information, the police arrived and the fire brigade too reached the site.

Villagers said the mother and her three children were burnt to death in the fire in the kuccha house which began from a bonfire. The police and the fire brigade personnel put out the fire and removed the bodies from the rubble.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate said prima facie the cause of the fire appears to be the sparks from the bonfire. But only an investigation can confirm the actual reason.

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