Harbhajan Singh recalled to India Test squad; ODI team also announced

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Mumbai, May 20: Veteran offspinner Harbhajan Singh was today recalled to the Indian Test squad to play against Bangladesh next month. Virat Kohli will lead the side.

Why is Harbhajan in the team?

The BCCI's selection committee, headed by Sandeep Patil made this surprise choice of including Harbhajan, on Wednesday. Harbhajan, who has played 101 Tests, has not featured in the five-day format for over 2 years.

Surprise Test recall for Harbhajan Singh

The 34-year-old's last Test was in March 2013, against Australia in Hyderabad. Harbhajan has taken Ravindra Jadeja's place in the 15-man squad.

The panel also announced the ODI squad, to be captained by MS Dhoni and there were no surprises in it. There were speculations that seniors would opt out but it is not the case.

Paceman Mohammed Shami, who missed the ongoing Indian Premier League 2015 (IPL 8) due to injury, was not picked as he is still not fit.

India will play Bangladesh in one off Test from June 10. After this, the two sides will be involved in 3 One Day Internationals starting from June 18.


India Test squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaaron, Ishant Sharma.

ODI squad: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni.


Full schedule of India tour

June 7 (Sunday): Team India arrives in Bangladesh

June 8, 9: Practice

June 10-14 (Wednesday to Sunday): 1st Test  in Fatullah

June 15, 16 and 17: Practice

June 18 (Thursday): 1st ODI in Mirpur (June 19 Reserve day)

June 20: Practice

June 21 (Sunday): 2nd ODI in Mirpur (June 22 Reserve day)

June 23: Practice

June 24 (Wednesday): 3rd ODI in Mirpur (June 25 Reserve day)

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