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BCCI announces Test team against Afghanistan

10 May, 2018, 14:09 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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Team for 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. Interestingly, the duo are now representing Royal Challengers Bangalore ( RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where Kohli is captaining. And that Rohit will not be in the red-ball plans for the England tour, especially given that Karun Nair - his replacement - is also the captain for the India A side that will play four-day matches in England and thus seems a better bet to have on the Test team.

India's captain Virat Kohli will not play in this Test because he is going to England to play County Cricket for Surrey and Ajinkya Rahane will lead the squad in his absence.

The selectors also announced the squads for the limited-overs leg of the United Kingdom tour along with the India "A" tour of England.

India's regular skipper, Virat Kohli, is giving miss to the Test match as he will be playing county cricket in June.

There had been reports Ashwin and Jadeja might both be rested but it emerged a day before the selection that Ashwin had not pursued his talks with Worcestershire because he had committed to playing this Test. They were backed up by allrounder Hardik Pandya and Mumbai seamer Shardul Thakur, who is yet to make his Test debut but has played three ODIs and seven T20Is.

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During the 2014 tour, he managed just 134 runs from five Tests at a woeful average of 13.40 without crossing the 50-mark even once in the series. "When they were excluded from the side, we made it very clear that two to three youngsters are being given an opportunity".

"There was no intention (on Virat's part) of not to play (against Afghanistan)".

"Any act has to be judged by the intention which precedes it", Amitabh Choudhary further added. "It was only because the English challenge is something we have to rise to for the satisfaction of the entire cricketing fraternity of this country that Virat will abstain for the right reasons". "It is a great opportunity for us to win the series", chairman of selectors Prasad said at a media conference.

Interestingly, the Surrey County Cricket Club website has said that "Kohli will be available for all cricket throughout the month [of June] until the close of Surrey's trip to Scarborough to face Yorkshire". "Middle-order batsman Karun Nair will replace Kohli in the Indian team which will take on the Afghans in Bangalore from June 14-18".

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