The All India Senior Selection Committee on Monday (July 23) has named promising leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the 16-member India A squad for the two four-day games against South Africa A. The Indian team will be led by Shreyas Iyer.
Moreover, the likes of Karun Nair and Rishabh Pant missed the make it to the squad. It is because the duo is a part of the Team India squad for the five-match Test series against England starting from August 1 in Birmingham.
Barring these two omissions the team looks similar to the one which toured England. But 13 players managed to hold on to their respective spots.
All the players will be hoping to make their national debuts sooner than later. Skipper Iyer, Chahal and Axar Patel were the new entrants.
The trio have been the part of India’s limited-overs squad for the England series. Hence, they were not included back in the national fold.
Axar will play in the first game only and will be replaced by Shahbaz Nadeem in the next match. Meanwhile, Vijay Shankar has not been included in the squad for his below-par showings in the recent past.
Iyer will be leading India A in the quadrangular series:
The right-handed batsman Iyer will also be leading the India A side in a quadrangular series involving Australia A and South Africa A.
To everyone’s surprise, the fourth team will be India B which will be led by Manish Pandey. The squad will have the likes of Under-19 stars Shivam Mavi and Shubhman Gill.
Meanwhile, Mayank Markande, who impressed during his Indian Premier League (IPL) stint with the Mumbai Indians (MI), has also been named.
The first game of the tournament will be played against South A on August 4 in Belgaum. The second fixture will be held in Bangalore on 10th August.
Meanwhile, the quadrangular series will begin on 17th August. The final will be played on 29th August. It must be noted that all the matches will be played in Vijayawada.
India A squad for four-day games against South Africa A:
Shreyas Iyer (c), Prithvi Shaw, R Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, K.S. Bharat (wk), Axar Patel (1st four-day game)/S. Nadeem (2nd four-day game), Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav, Rajneesh Gurbani, Navdeep Saini, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Siraj.
Squads for quadrangular series:
India A: Shreyas Iyer (c), Prithvi Shaw, R Samarth, Suryakumar Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Sanju Samson (wk), Mayank Markande, K. Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Shivam Mavi, Khaleel Ahmed
India ‘B’: Manish Pandey (c), Mayank Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shubhman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Vijay Shankar, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Gopal, Jayant Yadav, D.A. Jadeja, Siddarth Kaul, Prasidh Krishna, Kulwant Khejroliya, and Navdeep Saini.