Rasool gets maiden call-up, Kohli to lead India in Zimbabwe

Chennai Super Kings paceman Mohit Sharma also included; Gautam Gambhir fails to make the cut

Mumbai, (IANS): Virat Kohli will lead India while Parvez Rasool becomes the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to be included in the 15-member squad for the tour to Zimbabwe in July-August.Parveez Rasool during the IPL.

Regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is out with a hamstring injury which he suffered during India's first tri-series match against the West Indies.

India will play five One-Day Internationals - three in Harare and two at Bulawayo - against Zimbabwe between July 24 and August 3.

Alongwith Rasool, Mohit Sharma too makes a first appearance in the team while Cheteshwar Pujara, Jaydev Unadkat and Ajinkya Rahane make a comeback to the side.

Left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir failed to make the cut.

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Meanwhile, opening batsman Murali Vijay has been dropped from the squad while four bowlers - Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar - have been rested.

Vijay, however, has been included in the India A side, also announced on Friday, which will tour South Africa to play a tri-series including Australia A and South Africa A Aug 8-14.

Cheteshwar Pujara will lead the India A side, which will also play two four-day matches against South Africa A following the tri-series.

India squad for the tour of Zimbabwe: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Parvez Rasool, Shami Ahmed, Vinay Kumar, Jaidev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma.

India A squad for the tour to South Africa: Cheteshwar Pujara (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Parvez Rasool, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shami Ahmed, Stuart Binny, Ishwar Pandey, Jaidev Unadkat, Siddharth Kaul.

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