SPORT Rahane to lead India against Afghanistan

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In the nonattendance of Virat Kohli, who heads to Surrey in June to take an interest in the County Championship in front of India’s long visit England this year, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian group in the erratic Test against debutants Afghanistan in Bengaluru, beginning June 14.

The national determination board of trustees will meet in Bengaluru on May 8 to pick six unique India squads – one-off Test against Afghanistan, India ‘A’ group for voyage through England, ‘A’ group for tri-arrangement including England ‘An’ and West Indies ‘A’, T20 squad for voyage through Ireland, T20 squad for voyage through England, One-day squad for matches in England. Kohli will be back with the group once India arrive in Ireland to leave on what will be a long arrangement of two T20Is in Ireland, trailed by three T20Is in England, three ODIs in England and the five Tests.


Pujara, who wrapped up a spell with Yorkshire and is heading back home, will likewise play the Test against Afghanistan. With Rahane sure to lead India against Afghanistan, TOI got an essence of what the Tuesday choice board of trustees meeting involves.