Raina To Lead India 'A' Side, Yuvraj Singh Included
Suresh Raina will lead the India 'A' side to take on England in a three-day warm-up match that also includes star batsman Yuvraj Singh.
The Indian board (BCCI) has named a strong 14-man squad which will meet the tourists as one of three tour matches ahead of the opening Test in Ahmedabad.
The match, played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, gets underway on 30th October and although the Indian board has selected a number of batsmen who will be bidding to test their mettle against the tourists no specialist slow bowler has been selected.
Yuvraj made his comeback from a form of lung cancer during the ICC World Twenty20 2012 and is competing with the likes of Raina for a spot in the middle order of India's Test side, following the recent retirements of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.
Raina, Abhinav Mukund, Irfan Pathan, Wriddhaman Saha, Murali Vijay and Ranganath Vinay Kumar are the other players in the squad with Test experienced while Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary have played One-Day International cricket.
Parvinder Awana, Robin Bist and Ashok Menaria have made the squad on the back of impressive performances in domestic cricket, with medium pacer Awana and batsman Menaria excelling in the Indian Premier League.
The first Test in the four-match series begins on 15th November in Ahmedabad.
India 'A' squad: Suresh Raina (captain), Parvinder Awana, Robin Bist, Ashok Dinda, Ashok Menaria, Abhinav Mukund, Irfan Pathan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhaman Saha, Manoj Tiwary, Murali Vijay, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Yuvraj Singh
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