Manish Pandey will lead the India A side for the tri-series against South Africa A and Australia A to be played in South Africa next month. The squad includes the likes of Mandeep Singh, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur.
While youngsters like Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda have been given a chance for the A tour. The name of Karun Nair in List A team means that he will not be the part of Indian side for the tour to Sri Lanka in the month of July-September.
Nair, became just the second ever Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century in a Test match when he achieved the landmark in the Chennai Test against England. Surprisingly, he was dropped for the very next Test against Bangladesh but failed to make a mark even in his return game against Australia, which has forced the selectors to recall him back to the second string side. (Read Here: South Africa A Squad Announced)
Siddharth Kaul, who was the part of A side for South Africa A series in 2013 has again been named in the team following good performances in IPL. Basil Thampi too has got an opportunity with an A call up. Krunal Pandya also finds a place, riding on his great performances in IPL.
Karun Nair will lead the India A Test side for the two unofficial Test matches against South Africa A which will start from August 12 and 19. Priyank Panchal, the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy 2016/17 has also been named in the side. Again, the name of Abhinav Mukund in the A side means that he will not be on the plane to Sri Lanka for the three matches Test series.
Selectors have sent out a clear message to many players by selecting them on the A side. Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur and Jayant Yadav have been named in the side, means that they will not be in the Test side for Sri Lanka. Aniket Choudhary, Mohammad Siraj and Ankit Rajpoot are some of the new names in the list too.
Nitish Rana and Delhi pacer Kulwant Khejroliya are some notable exclusions from the squad despite good performance in past few months. With non-inclusion of players like Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwary – selectors have stated that they are now looking for future prospects.
India A List A squad: Mandeep Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey (capt.), Deepak Hooda, Karun Nair, Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Vijay Shankar, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav, Basil Thampi, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Siddarth Kaul.
India A squad for Two unofficial Tests: Priyank Panchal, Abhinav Mukund, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Karun Nair (capt.), Sudip Chatterjee, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Aniket Choudhary and Ankit Rajpoot.