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BCCI announces Test team against Afghanistan

BCCI announces Test team against Afghanistan

Karun Nair and Kuldeep Yadav have been included in the 15-man squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan, as BCCI announced the team on Tuesday.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, who are plying their trade in the county circuit in England will return to participate in Afghanistan’s first-ever Test match, that begins on June 14.

Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who has opted for a county stint with Surrey instead.

But Rahane has been left out of the ODI squad for the three-match series in England in July.

KL Rahul, who is in the middle of a splendid IPL season, makes his way back while 27-year-old Punjab speedster Siddarth Kaul has been included in both the ODI and T20I squads.

In the T20I setup, Suresh Raina and Pandey continue to be trusted to shore up the middle-order, while Umesh Yadav – who has been amongst the wickets in IPL 2018 – makes a comeback after last featuring in the shortest format in Sri Lanka in 2012.  

After the Afghanistan Test, India will face Ireland in a two-match T20 series. The Kohli-led India will then start their full tour of England with a three-match T20 series, starting July 3. The first game will be played in Manchester while the second and third will be played in Cardiff on 6th July and on 8th of July in Bristol. After a gap of three days, the two teams will feature in a three-match ODI series. 

The Squads: 

India Squad for one-off Test against Afghanistan: Ajinkya Rahane (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur.

India Squad for two-match T20I series against Ireland: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddharth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

India Squad for three-match T20I series against England: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddharth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

India Squad for three-match ODI series against England: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddharth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

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