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Punjab wicket-keeper batsman Abhishek Gupta,  serving an eight-month ban for a doping violation, has been named by the BCCI in the India Red squad for the Duleep Trophy to be played between August 17 and September 8.

In June this year Gupta was handed a retrospective eight-month doping ban by the BCCI, after his urine sample – provided as part of the BCCI’s testing programme on January 15 – was found to contain Terbutaline, which is among the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited substance and was provisionally suspended on January 17.

After Gupta revealed that he has taken the substance inadvertently, as part of medication prescribed by his doctor, the board decided back-date the start of the suspension to January 15, 2018.

However, the 27-year-old’s eight-month ban is set to expire only on September 14 – that is, after the conclusion of the forthcoming Duleep Trophy.

As per a report in cricinfo.com, the selection committee will soon name a replacement for Gupta.

Gupta, who made his First-Class debut in 2017, has so far played six FC games scoring 471 runs with a highest-score of 202* (on debut) at an average of 52.33. The Jalandhar-born player has also represented Punjab in nine List-A games and six T20 games. He was tested positive while playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earlier this year.

Earlier in the day,  the All-India Senior Selection Committee met in Kolkata to pick India A squad for the upcoming four-day games against South Africa ‘A’ and a Quadrangular series featuring India A and B side along with South Africa A and Australia A. The committee had also picked the teams for the upcoming Duleep Trophy, 2018-19. The squads are given below.

India ‘A’ squad for two four-day games against South Africa ‘A’: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, R Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, A.R. Easwaran, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, K.S. Bharat (WK), Axar Patel (1st four-day game)/S. Nadeem (2nd four-day game), Y. Chahal, Jayant Yadav, R Gurbani, Navdeep Saini, Ankit Rajpoot, Md. Siraj

Squad for quadrangular series vs SA ‘A’ & Aus ‘A’

India ‘A’: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, R Samarth, Suryakumar Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Sanju Samson (WK), Mayank Markande, K. Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Md. Siraj, Shivam Mavi, Khaleel Ahmed

India ‘B’: Manish Pandey (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, A.R. 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, Navdeep Saini

Duleep Trophy 

India Blue: Faiz Fazal (Captain), Abhishek Raman, Anmolpreet Singh, Ganesh Satish, N. Gangta, Dhruv Shorey, K.S. Bharat (WK), Akshay Wakhare, Saurav Kumar, Swapnil Singh, Basil Thampi, B Ayappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni

India Red: Abhinav Mukund (Captain), R.R. Sanjay, Ashutosh Singh, Baba Aparajith, Writtick Chatterjee, B. Sandeep, Abhishek Gupta (WK), S Nadeem, Mihir Hirwani, Parvez Rasool, R Gurbani, A Mithun, Ishan Porel, Y. Prithvi Raj

India Green: Parthiv Patel (Captain & WK), Prashant Chopra, Priyank Panchal, Sudeep Chatterjee, Gurkeerat Mann, Baba Indrajit, V.P. Solanki, Jajal Saxena, Karn Sharma, Vikas Mishra, K. Vignesh, Ankit Rajpoot, Ashok Dinda, Atith Sheth