Indian Team against Afghanistan and Ireland/ England tours announced

Karun Nair replaces Kohli for Afghanistan Test, Kaul in T20 squad

The one-off Test, scheduled to be played in Bengaluru's M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, between 14 and 18 June, well after the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League is wrapped up, will be a historic one as Afghanistan will feature in their first ever Test match.

"Ajinkya Rahane has missed out on limited-overs squad".

He batted for Kohli's idea of getting ready for England by playing County cricket.

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. Kaul's ability to swing the ball as well as get in the yorkers has clinched the matters in his favour.

Most of the senior players have retained their places in the squad with all the three openers KL Rahul, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan in the 15. The 32-year-old, who has scored 423 runs for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL so far, will travel to England as part of the ODI squad.

Shreyas Iyer, who now leads the Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing Indian Premier League, has not been included in the Test squad, but he has been handed the captaincy of India A squad. India's tour of England then kick-off with three T20Is, starting July 03, followed by three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and five Tests.

Rahane, meanwhile, only featured in the third Test against the Proteas and made scores of 9 and 48. What was left in everyone's memory was his resilient 48 in second innings which helped India salvage some pride in the dead rubber. MSK Prasad & Co have also realised that enough chances have been given to Rohit Sharma in the longer format and it is time to look beyond him. Pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested as they are expected to shoulder the workload during the limited overs leg in United Kingdom before the big-ticket Test series in August. Karun Nair has replaced Rohit while Wriddhiman Saha will resume wicket-keeping duties. He has rode back on his strong domestic performance.

There were no surprises in the Test squad for Afghanistan.

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

Ravichandran Ashwin has been named in the squad for the test against Afghanistan while Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who were a travelling with the squad for the Test series in South Africa have been given some much needed rest with the selectors adding Shardul Thakur and a spinner in Kuldeep to the squad.

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