Ajinkya Rahane on Saturday was announced as the captain for India’s A squad against the upcoming ODI series against England Lions. While the right-handed batsman will lead 15-man India A squad for the first three ODIs in the series, Ankit Bawne was named as the captain for the 4th and 5th ODIs.
The All India Senior Selection Committee also picked the BP XI squad for the two-day warm-up game against England Lions which is set to be played from February 3.
Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant who garnered reputation during the Test series in Australia, but was dropped from the upcoming limited-overs series against New Zealand, was also included for the two one-dayers in India A squad. Hanuma Vihari, who was a part of the Indian team which won a historic Test series in Australia, will also be seen in action alongside Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur.
Domestic performances have been considered before picking the squad but citing the importance of domestic cricket, “the selection committee has not included members from the teams that have qualified for the Ranji Trophy semi-finals”.
The five-match one-day series will take place at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram, beginning January 23.
The two four-day games will be held in Wayanad from February 7.
India A squad for 1st, 2nd & 3rd one-day is as follows: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Anmolpreet Singh, Rituraj Gaekwad, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, Ishan Kishan (WK), Krunal Pandya, Axar Patel, Mayank Markande, Jayant Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
India A squad for 4th & 5th one-day is as follows: Ankit Bawne (C), Rituraj Gaekwad, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, Himmat Singh, Rishabh Pant (WK), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur
BP XI for two-day warm-up games: Ishan Kishan (C & WK), Akshath Reddy, Dhruv Shorey, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, Rinku Singh, Priyam Garg, Saurabh Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Aniket Choudhary, Ankit Rajpoot, Rajesh Mohanty.
(With inputs from PTI)