Ajinkya Rahane, Afghanistan, Virat Kohli, ICC, India
Ajinkya Rahane will lead in absence of Virat Kohli © AFP

BCCI have announced a fifteen-man squad for India’s solitary home Test against Afghanistan, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru next month. Virat Kohli had already announced that he would not be a part of the Test for a month-long stint with Surrey. Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in Kohli’s absence. The Test squad includes one uncapped player, Shardul Thakur, who may make his Test debut. Karun Nair has been recalled to the squad. The Test, the first ever for Afghanistan, will be played from June 14 to 18. Afghanistan will become the 12th Test-playing team (Ireland will be the 11th, in May) — if one excludes the one-off Test played by the ICC World XI.

India also announced squads for 2 T20Is in Ireland, 3 T20Is against England, and the India A squad for their England tour.

India squad for Afghanistan Test: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur.