Suresh Raina has been named captain of the India Blue team for the Duleep Trophy, which will be held in Kanpur and Lucknow from September 7 to 29, providing him a platform to make a return to the Indian team.
Raina, who has not played an ODI since October 2015, was ignored for the ongoing limited overs series against Sri Lanka.
The southpaw will get at least two four-day games to make an impact. However, it is unlikely that he will be picked for the upcoming limited overs series against Australia beginning September 17, considering he will be part of the Duleep Trophy.Duleep Trophy, which was reinstated on the BCCI calendar on Tuesday following Sourav Ganguly’s intervention, will have two matches in Kanpur and two in Lucknow.
The five-day final will be played in the Uttar Pradesh capital from September 25 to 29.
Like last year, the tournament featuring 45 cricketers will be played with the pink ball and under floodlights.
India Red: Abhinav Mukund (captain), SudipChatterjee, IshankJaggi, AmbatiRayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Baba Indrajith, K Gowtham, Karna Sharma, Basil Thampi, DhawalKulkarni, Ashok Dinda, Rahul Singh, CV Milind.
India Green: Murali Vijay, R Samarth, P Chopra, ShreyasIyer, Karun Nair, AnkitBawne, Parthiv Patel (captain), ShahbazNadeem, ParvezRasool, NavdeepSaini, Mohammed Siraj, SidharthKaul, Dagar, NitinSaini, AniketChoudhary.
India Blue: Suresh Raina (captain), SamitGohel, KS Bharat, AR Easwaran, ManojTiwary, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, IshanKishan, JayantYadavMayank, Bharghav Bhatt, KM Gandhi, Ishant Sharma, AnkitRajpoot, S Karat, JaydevUnadkat.