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Mumbai batters Shreyas Iyer, Akhil Herwadkar rewarded with India 'A' spots

New Delhi: Wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha was on Saturday named captain of the India ‘A’ team, which will take part in the two unofficial ‘Tests’ and a four-nation one-day tournament in Australia, starting August 14.

Mumbai batsmen Shreyas Iyer (right) and Akhil Herwadkar were  the Ranji Trophy’s top two run-getters in the last season
Mumbai batsmen Shreyas Iyer (right) and Akhil Herwadkar were the Ranji Trophy’s top two run-getters in the last season

The India ‘A’ team will be coached by Rahul Dravid. Most of the players, who were in the Indian squad during the recent Zimbabwe tour, have been included in the 16-man squad. As many as nine players from the MS Dhoni-led squad are part of the ‘A’ team.

Ranji Trophy's highest run-scorer Shreyas Iyer, who was ignored for the West Indies tour, is also part of the squad. It will be first overseas outing for Mumbai southpaw Akhil Herwadkar with the India ‘A’ team.

The tour will begin with a match against Australia ‘A’ in the one-day event on August 14. The other two teams being South Africa ‘A’ and National Performance Squad. The two Tests against Australia ‘A’ are scheduled from Sept 8.

India 'A' squad

Naman Ojha (captain), Faiz Fazal, Akhil Herwadkar, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Barinder Sran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Varun Aaron and Sanju Samson.
Coach: Rahul Dravid

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