An Abhinav Mukund led India A side will face visitors England in the first of two warm-up fixtures they are scheduled to play ahead of the ODI series against hosts India. The 50 overs a side match will take place at the Palam Cricket Ground, Delhi on January 6th.
Mukund had earlier captained an India A team for their tour of New Zealand. Some notable inclusions in his side are a now fully fit Sreesanth who returns to national reckoning, Madhya Pradesh pace bowler Ishwar Pandey, who is this domestic season's top wicket-taker with 48 wickets in 8 matches, Jammu & Kashmir off-spinner Parvez Rassol and Himachal Pradesh all-rounder Rishi Dhawan.
The 14-member team also includes India discard Murali Vijay and Himachal Pradesh batsman Paras Dogra who has scored 786 runs this Ranji season, including five centuries. Dogra's team-mate Dhawan has caught the selectors notice with 487 runs in addition to his 36 wickets.
England will play their second warm-up one-day game against Delhi, at the Ferozeshah Kotla Ground, Delhi, on January 8th. This will be a ‘day-night’ encounter, starting at 12:00 pm.
INDIA ‘A’ SQUAD: Abhinav Mukund - Captain, Murali Vijay, Robin Bist, Kedar Jadhav, Ashok Menaria, Rohit Motwani - Wicketkeeper, Jalaj Saxena, Akshay Darekar, Ishwar Pandey, S Sreesanth, Rishi Dhawan, Paras Dogra, Mohit Sharma, Rasool Parvez