Mumbai, Oct 14: Suresh Raina was thrown a lifeline to revive his Test career when the selectors today named him as the captain of Board President's XI squad to face West Indies.
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Board President's XI will play West Indies in a three-day game in Kanpur from October 25 to 27. Rohit Sharma, who is currently out of the Indian team with an injury, is also included.
The selection committee, led by Sandeep Patil, has rewarded Raina for his recent form in limited overs format.
The 27-year-old Raina has not played Test cricket since September 2012. He has so far played 17 Tests, scoring 768 runs with 1 century and 7 fifties.
The 19-year-old chinaman left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who is part of the ODI squad, is also in the 14-man team. There are two wicketkeepers in Naman Ojha and Wriddhiman Saha.
This match is crucial for Raina ahead of the two Tests against West Indies. The first Test is in Hyderabad from October 30 and the second match from November 7 in Bangalore.
Board President's XI Squad
Suresh Raina (captain), Jiwanjot Singh, KL Rahul, Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Karun Nair, Parvez Rasool, Pankaj Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Jasprit Bumrah, Karn Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.