Indian Team against Afghanistan and Ireland/ England tours announced

Thursday, 10 May, 2018

He has been part of previous Test squads but has yet to debut.

Before the ODI series, India face England in three Twenty20 internationals having kicked off their tour with two T20s against Ireland in Dublin.

"So India prefer to take their chances during the day like they have played every other Test match throughout their careers".

The ODI team for the England series saw Iyer, Ambati Rayudu and Siddharth Kaul come in. Surrey's county game against Yorkshire at carborough is scheduled from June 25-28. Virat has played enough cricket, he doesn't need to do that (play County cricket). He is keen that the Indian team and he himself does well in English conditions.

In the absence of clarification, or a simple assertion that it was the selectors who had the final say in picking a team, it can only be surmised that this decision was above the pay grade of MSK Prasad and his mates.

The 26-year-old Nair is India's second triple centurion in Test cricket after Virender Sehwag.

Afghanistan got their Test status in June 2017 when they were made full members by the ICC along with Ireland.

Logic says it's the former, because Kohli not playing against Afghanistan is not likely to affect India's chances of winning the Test.

However, it is highly unlikely that Nair will get a look-in in the playing XI against Afghanistan. Rohit Sharma is the major name that has been omitted from the Test squad.

Other players who would be missing from the Test side include Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

The ghosts of the 2014 tour, in which India went down to the hosts 1-3 in a five-Test rubber despite grabbing the series lead with a victory at Lord's, has propelled the likes of regular skipper Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma, etc to fly to England well before the tour to practise their trade in the County Championship. In the process, Kohli will be skipping India's one-off Test against debutants Afghanistan. Punjab pacer Siddharth Kaul too has been rewarded for his domestic performance.

In the last one-year, Rahane scored 244 runs in five matches against Australia, 140 in six matches versus South Africa, five in a single match with Sri Lanka and 336 runs in five matches played with the West Indies.

Speaking to India Today, Dada said: "Ajinkya Rahane has missed out on limited-overs squad".

Squad for ODI series vs England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddharth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.