India: Ajinkya Rahane to captain for inaugural Test against Afghanistan

Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli
Batsman Ajinkya Rahane (left) has scored 2,883 runs in 44 Test matches for India

Batsman Ajinkya Rahane will take charge of India for their inaugural Test match against Afghanistan in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli.

Kohli is unavailable as he will be playing for Surrey in June to prepare for the Test series against England, which begins on 1 August.

The Test against Afghanistan begins on 14 June in Bangalore.

The 29-year-old will return for India's limited-overs series against Ireland and England from 27 June.

However, although Kohli is in the squad for the Ireland matches at Malahide on 27 and 29 June, Surrey have stated that he will be available for their County Championship match against Yorkshire at Scarborough on 25-28 June.

India will play three Twenty20 matches and three one-day games against England before the five-Test series begins.

Test squad v Afghanistan

Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur.

T20 squad v Ireland & England

Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

ODI squad v England

Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

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