Irani Trophy: Sehwag to lead Rest of India

Mumbai, Jan 29 (IANS) Virender Sehwag will lead the Rest of India squad against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai in the Irani Cup match to be played Feb 6-10 at the Wankhede Stadium here.

Temperamental fast bowler Sreesanth, who has 10 wickets from four Ranji matches, and feisty off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who bagged 16 wickets from five matches, have also found a place in the side.

Manoj Tiway, who has recovered from a side strain, and openers Shikhar Dhawan and M Vijay havs also been include while Punjab batsman Jiwanjot Singh, the leading run-scorer this Ranji season, was unlucky to miss out.

Ishwar Pandey, highest-wicket taker in Ranji, along with Suresh Raina and Shami Ahmed have also been included.

Abhinav Mukund will captain the Board President's XI for the first warm-up match Australia will play before the four-Test series, starting Feb 22 in Chennai. The two-day game will also be held in Chennai from Feb 12.

Australia will play their second warm-up from Feb 16-18 in Chennai against India A that will be led by Shikhar Dhawan. Rohit Sharma, Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, Vinay Kumar and Jiwanjot have been named in the squad.

Rest of India: Virender Sehwag (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Harbhajan Singh, S Sreesanth, Pragyan Ojha, Ishwar Pandey, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ambati Rayudu, Shami Ahmed, Jalaj Saxena

Board President's XI: Abhinav Mukund (captain), Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Parthiv Patel, Stuart Binny, Sarabjit Ladda, Parvez Rassol, Shami Ahmed, Parvinder Awana, Kamlesh Makwana.

India A: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Jiwanjyot Singh, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, C Gautam, Rakesh Dhruv, Jalaj Saxena, Manpreet Gony, Vinay Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ashok Menaria.


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