India squad announced for upcoming fixtures against Afghanistan, Ireland and England

India squad announced for upcoming fixtures against Afghanistan, Ireland and England

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, who are now playing county cricket for Yorkshire and Sussex, were both part of the India squad, with neither of their teams in action in the week of the Test match. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, who are playing for Yorkshire and Sussex respectively, will however be part of the one-off fixture in Bengaluru. But, if the BCCI believes that the primacy of Test cricket is worth preserving, then they have a amusing way of showing it, allowing their captain to acclimatise elsewhere.

The South Asian country and Ireland joined the ranks of full member nations of the International Cricket Council past year, taking the total number of Test-playing countries to 12.

It is a reality of global schedules as they stand that there isn't enough room for everyone to be available to play every opponent, every time. So what will serve the Indian team better? "It was only because that the English challenge is something which we have to rise to that Virat will abstain (from the Afghanistan Test) for the right reasons", said Choudhary. Though the Afghanistan Test is historical, the BCCI seems focused on the larger picture.

Kohli had a forgettable England sojourn in 2014, making only 134 runs in five Tests at an average of 13.4. Remember, India have never beaten Australia in Australia.

In the absence of Virat Kohli for the sole Test match against Afghanistan next month, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian Team.

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Afghanistan will play their inaugural test match from June 14 in Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium. This, after a tour of South Africa in which Kohli included Rohit in the XI ahead of Rahane for the first two Tests - a move that caused near-universal surprise - and stated before the ODIs that the team was looking at Rahane as India's No. 4. At night there is no spin, there is moisture and bit more movement.

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

"To represent your country is the most special feeling in the world". I thought the Indian team, although they didn't win the series in South Africa they had a very strong series."If you take the whole tour they won the ODIs easy".

Asked why no Test regulars were named in the India-A sides for the four-day games, Prasad stated: "We did discuss it. 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.

"Definitely it's fantastic preparation and it shows his determination and how hungry he is to perform individually and how much he wants India to be successful".