Nair, Kuldeep included in squad for Afghanistan Test; Rohit misses out

Nair, Kuldeep included in squad for Afghanistan Test; Rohit misses out

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.

Punjab boy Sidharth Kaul has been awarded with an India call-up for his outstanding performance for the Indian Premier League team SunRisers Hyderabad. Five different squads were announced in total, including India's T20I team for series against Ireland and England, the ODI team for the England series, and India-A sides for one-day and four-day fixtures against England Lions and West Indies-A in the UK.

Ajinkya Rahane will assume the role of captain during India's historic Test against Afghanistan as regular skipper Virat Kohli will be gearing up for his county stint with Surrey. "And basically, not for the shorter format but for the longer format", said Amitabh Choudhary, the Acting Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, at the time of the squad announcement.

The Indian captain has chose to give the landmark June 14-18 Test a miss to prepare for the England tour by playing for Surrey in the County Championship, a decision that has evoked mixed response.

"Except Virat, all the Test specialists are playing this match", he said. These will be followed by three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests in England.

Logic says it's the former, because Kohli not playing against Afghanistan is not likely to affect India's chances of winning the Test. Virat's played enough cricket; he doesn't need to do that (prepare by going earlier to England). "Virat is missing out for a good cause". There was no intention not to play. He is very keen to do extremely well in english condition.

"This was the best opportunity for us to give Karun a chance, because he's been doing well", chairman of selectors MSK Prasad was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "The fact that he is going and playing county cricket is setting a clear message to his teammates, to England and everyone around the world that he wants India to have a successful tour of the United Kingdom and wants to lead from the front", he said. "Any act has to be judged by the intention that precedes it", said Chaudhary. Interestingly, Surrey had officially announced that Kohli will be available for the entire month of June, but the two T20 Internationals are scheduled on June 27 and 29. "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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