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Dec 23, 2012 at 12:29pm IST

Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan dropped for

New Delhi: Under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday retained captaincy as out-of-form Zaheer Khan, who was dropped after the first two Tests against England, did not find favour with the selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil.

All-rounder Yuvraj Singh returned to India's ODI team for the first time since last year's World Cup triumph after he was picked in the 15-member squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan.

Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan dropped for Pakistan series

The new faces in the squad are UP all-rounder Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bengal pacer Shami Ahmed.

Yuvraj, who was recalled to the Indian Twenty20 squad for the World T20 within months of recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, played his last ODI against Sri Lanka in the final of the 50-over World Cup last April.

Since senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar announced retirement from one-day cricket today, the selectors have picked Ajinkya Rahane.

Virender Sehwag, who had opted out of the two T20 matches against England, was also called back into the one-day side for the three-match series.

Also returning to the ODI squad will be Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra and Ashok Dinda while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed will be playing in their debut series.

The core of the squad remains pretty much the same with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and Suresh Raina retaining their places.

The team for the T20 matches against Pakistan was also announced after the selection meeting. The squad is more or less the same with only Abhimanyu Mithun making way for Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma.

Indian team for T20 series

M S Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli,, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parvinder Awana, Piyush Chawla, Ambati Rayudu.

Indian team for ODI series

M S Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh , Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra.

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