Uncapped Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer picked for New Zealand T20Is

BCCI announces teams for T20s against Kiwis Tests against Lanka

Mumbai's reliable no. 3 batsman Iyer replaces Kedar Jadhav while Hyderabad pacer Siraj is an addition to the squad.

Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra, who announced his retirement from all forms of the game following the New Zealand T20I, has been picked for the first match to be played in New Delhi.

"Shreyas has been performing in T20s and first-class games. The same applies for Siraj", Prasad said.

Nehra will bow out from the game after playing in front of his home crowd in the first T20I on November 1.

In his last 10 innings, Iyer has scored two centuries and three fifties and that was enough for the selectors to include him in the squad. If we pick a player, we will give him a long run. "He is doing well, he has been duly recognised and rewarded as well", Prasad said.

India skipper Virat Kohli may be rested for the final contest of the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka and the subsequent limited-overs series against the same opponents in order to keep him fresh for the tour of South Africa which starts on Dec.30.




Iyer had been part of the India under-19 squad as well and was part of the side that finished fifth in the 2014 World Cup in UAE.

"See there is a lot of apprehensions going on about Ashish Nehra".

"We have clearly communicated to the player, i.e Ashish Nehra and to the team management that we are only looking at him till the New Zealand series".

Dinesh Karthik has also been called up while KL Rahul returned after he was sidelined for the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand.

Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav.

Naman Ojha (capt, wk), Sanju Samson, Jiwanjot Singh, B. Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal, Abhishek Gupta, Rohan Prem, Akash Bhandari, Jalaj Saxena, C.V. Milind, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier and Ravi Kiran.

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