Raina overlooked, Faisal, Chahal get maiden call-up; Shardul for Tests

Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) Star batsman Suresh Raina found himself out of the Indian cricket selectors’ radar as he failed to find a place in the team for the limited overs tour to Zimbabwe as well as the Test side against the West Indies next month.

The BCCI senior selection committee on Monday retained Mahendra Singh Dhoni as skipper for the new-look India side for the Zimbabwe tour starting from June 11, while star batsman Virat Kohli will lead the side for the four-match Test series against the West Indies.

Many of the senior members including Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane have been rested for the Zimbabwe tour which will see the likes of Vidarbha opener Faiz Faisal, Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh and Haryana spin duo of Jayant Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as fresh faces.

The Zimbabwe tour comprises of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

The West Indies-bound Test squad will be led by Kohli while star batsman Ajinkya Rahane will be his deputy. Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur is the lone new face in the side.

Squads:

Zimbabwe limited overs tour: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain & wk), Lokesh Rahul, Faiz Fazal, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, Rishi Dhawan, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal

Test squad for West Indies: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Stuart Binny

–IANS

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