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Afghanistan Test: Rahane to captain India, Nair replaces Kohli

Kohli has been allowed to skip the Afghanistan Test to acclimatise for the England Tests by playing for English county side Surrey, after a disappointing show in 2014, where he managed just 134 runs in five Tests at an average of 13.4. 

NMF News Bureau | Updated: 08 May 2018, 18:50:26
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New Delhi: Ajinkya Rahane will captain the Indian cricket team in Virat Kohli’s absence for the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday named a 15-member squad for Afghanistan historic Test, to be played at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore from June 14-18.

Kohli has been allowed to skip the Afghanistan Test to acclimatise for the England Tests by playing for English county side Surrey, after a disappointing show in 2014, where he managed just 134 runs in five Tests at an average of 13.4. 

Pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have also been rested. Rohit Sharma also doesn’t figure in the squad.

Karun Nair, who was dropped for the South Africa tour and the home series against Sri Lanka late last year, is back for the Test. 

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, who are also playing county cricket for Yorkshire and Sussex respectively, will join the squad for the Bangalore game.


First Published: 08 May 2018, 18:50:26

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