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Siraj, Iyer included for New Zealand T20Is, Vijay, Ishant returns for Sri Lanka Tests

by Saurabh Sharma Oct 23, 2017 • 13:44 PM

Mumbai, Oct 23 (Cricketnmore): Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj and Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer are the fresh inclusions in the India squad for the three Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) against New Zealand, starting November 1.

Veteran Ashish Nehra has been picked only for the first T20I in New Delhi, which is slated to be his last match.

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"Iyer has been prolific across formats -- in first-class, one-dayers, T20 -- he's been performing consistently," India's chairman of selectors M.S.K. Prasad told reporters here on Monday.

"If we pick a player, we will give him a long run. The same applies for Siraj."

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While Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla will host the first of the three T20Is on November 1, the second and third games will be played on November 4 and 7 respectively at Rajkot and Thiruvananthapuram.

Meanwhile, the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja made a comeback to the longest format as the selectors also recalled opener Murali Vijay to the squad, announced for the first two Tests against Sri Lanka.

The committee also named the Board President's XI for two-day warm-up tie against Sri Lanka to be played in Kolkata on November 11 and 12.

The first Test will be played in Kolkata from November 16-20 while Nagpur will host the second Test from November 24-28. The final Test will be played in Delhi from December 2-6.


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