Ajinkya Rahane to lead India in Afghanistan Test, Karun Nair replaces Virat Kohli

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New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 08, 2018, 08:17 PM(IST)

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Ajinkya Rahane to lead India in Afghanistan Test, Karun Nair replaces Virat Kohli

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced Ajinkya Rahane as the new skipper for the historic one-off Test against debutants Afghanistan, beginning on June 14 in Bengaluru.

However, he has been left out of the 16-man 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.

The BCCI selectors met in Bengaluru to pick six squads on Tuesday, including two T20I squads to face Ireland and England and ODI outfit to face England.

Kohli, who will skip the historic encounter as he will be playing for Surrey in the English County Championship, to prepare for the series against England, has been replaced by Karun Nair.

Barring Kohli, it will be the regular Test team that will play against Afghanistan. 

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma will come back from England for the match. 

Test squad: 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

T20s 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, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav

ODIs 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, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav

'A' team for one-day tri-series in UK: Shreyas Iyer (Capt), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubhman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Vijay Shankar, K. Gowtham, Axar Patel, Krunal Pandya, Prasidh Krishna, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur

'A' team for four-day matches in UK: Karun Nair (Capt), R. Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, AR Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharat (wk), Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ankit Rajpoot, Momammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Rajneesh Gurbani 

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