Visakhapatnam: The sidelined trio of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan have found places in the India A squad to face West Indies A for two of three four-day matches later this year, while Yuvraj Singh has been named captain of the limited-overs leg of the upcoming series at home. The All-India Senior Selection Committee also named the India Blue and Red squads for the 50-over Challenger Trophy, naming Irfan Pathan and Yuvraj as leaders of the two sides.
Gambhir and Zaheer were axed from India's Test squad earlier this year while Sehwag last played in March. Ahead of the 2013-14 season - in which India tour South Africa, New Zealand and England, the out-of-favour players have a chance to push for international recalls. India A will be led by Test No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara for the three four-day matches against West Indies A.
Yuvraj, who has not played for India since January, has been named captain of India A for three one-dayers and lone Twenty20 against West Indies A. The squad for the last two first-class matches also includes Mohammad Kaif who has not played for the country since 2006. Madhya Pradesh medium-pacer Ishwar Pandey, who was the leading wicket-taker in the last Ranji Trophy and who impressed for India A in South Africa recently, was named in the squad for the last two four-day matches too.
File photo of Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Sachin Tendulkar. (AFP Photo)
The Challenger Trophy starts on September 26. The venue for the tournament has yet to be named by the BCCI.
India A limited-overs squad: Yuvraj Singh (capt), Unmukt Chand, Robin Uthappa, Baba Aparajith, Kedar Jadhav, Naman Ojha (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Jaydev Unadkat, Praveen Kumar, Sumit Narwal, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mandeep Singh, Rahul Sharma
India A squad for first four-day game v West Indies A: Cheteshwar Pujara (capt), Jiwanjot Singh, KL Rahul, Manpreet Juneja, Rajat Paliwal, Harshad Khadiwale, Parvez Rasool, Bhargav Bhatt, Ishwar Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Ashok Dinda, Rohit Motwani (wk), Dhawal Kulkarni, Paras Dogra
India A squad for second and third four-day games v West Indies A: Cheteshwar Pujara (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sheldon Jackson, Abhishek Nayar, Paras Dogra, Uday Kaul (wk), Parvez Rasool, Bhargav Bhatt, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zaheer Khan, Ishwar Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Kaif
India Red: Irfan Pathan (capt), Robin Uthappa, Abhinav Mukund, Sourabh Tiwary, Gurkeerat Mann, Kedar Jadhav, Smit Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhimanyu Mithun, Umesh Yadav, Suraj Yadav
India Blue: Yuvraj Singh (capt), Akshath Reddy, Naman Ojha (wk), Mandeep Singh, Ankit Bawne, Abhishek Nayar, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Ankit Rajpoot, Vinay Kumar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Iresh Saxena