Wednesday 2 January 2013 

Abhinav Mukund To Lead India 'A' Against England

Abhinav Mukund To Lead India 'A' Against England
Abhinav Mukund To Lead India 'A' Against England
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Abhinav Mukund will lead the India 'A' side which will take on the touring England team in a one-day warm-up game on 6th January in Delhi.

Mukund, who has played five Tests, including two against England in 2011, is one of three players included who have international experience.

Experienced opener Murali Vijay has Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International caps to his name while fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth - a veteran of 53 ODIs between 2005 and 2011 - is also in the squad.

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The remainder of the squad are a mix of uncapped youngsters and more experienced players.

Off-spinner Akshay Darekar, for example, has played just 12 one-day matches in his career to date while leg-spinner Paras Dogra has played for both Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

Promising left-hand batsman Ashok Menaria, who boasts a first-class career-best of 230, is also a Royals player while right-hander Kedar Jadav has featured for the Delhi Daredevils and Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

Should he play, unproven quick bowler Ishwar Pandey would be playing in just his eighth one-day game.

The Indian board (BCCI) have also confirmed that England's second tour game, against Delhi two days later, will be a day/night game.

England and India play five One-Day Internationals between 11th and 27th January in Rajkot, Kochi, Ranchi, Mohali and Dharmashala.

India 'A' squad: Abhinav Mukund (captain), Robin Bist, Akshay Darekar, Rishi Dhawan, Paras Dogra, Kehar Jadhav, Ashok Menaria, Rohit Motwani, Ishwar Pandey, Rasool Parvez, Jalaj Saxena, Mohit Sharma, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Mural Vijay

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