Zaheer included in Seniors' team

Published: Saturday, September 25, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:Left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan received a major boost to his hopes of returning to the Indian team today when he was named in the 14-member squad for the four-day practice match ahead of the Test series against Australia next month.

Zaheer, who proved his fitness and form with a three-wicket haul for Rest of India in Mumbai's first innings in the Irani Cup here, was included in the Seniors' team that will take on an India 'A' at Bangalore from September 28 to October 1.

The selectors have also picked three wicketkeepers -- Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Kaarthick and Mahendra Singh Dhoni -- for the match. While Patel and Kaarthick figure in the seniors team to be led by Sourav Ganguly, Dhoni was named in the 'A' team to be skippered by Dinesh Mongia.

Aakash Chopra would get a chance to regain his Test opening spot when he walks out with Virender Sehwag while Gautam Gambhir (Delhi) and Dheeraj Yadav (Mumbai) form the 'A' team's opening combination. Mohammad Kaif finds an opportunity to stake his claims for a Test slot while Hemang Badani failed to make the cut.

India Seniors: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Aakash Chopra, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Dinesh Kaarthick, A Rayudu, Siddharth Trivedi.

India 'A': Dinesh Mongia (capt), Dheeraj Jadhav, Gautam Gambhir, Mohd Kaif, Sridharan Sriram, M S Dhoni, S S Paul, Murali Kartik, Amit Bhandari, Ashish Nehra, Joginder Sharma, Sarandaeep Singh, Kiran Powar, Y Venugopala Rao.

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