India's selectors yesterday named three newcomers in a 20-man pool for the home series against New Zealand in October - the opening batsman Vikram Rathore, wicketkeeper Samir Dighe, and leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule. The first Test in Bangalore starts 18 October, the second is in Madras (25- 29 October), and the third is in Cuttack on 8-12 November.
Mohammed Akram will make his Pakistan debut by replacing Waqar Younis for the second Test against Sri Lanka in Faisalabad, starting today. Pakistan won the first Test by an innings and 40 runs.
PAKISTAN (Second Test v Sri Lanka, Faisalabad, starting today): Aamir Sohail, Saeed Anwar, Ramiz Raja (capt), Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Mohammad, Ijaz Ahmad, Wasim Akram, Moin Khan, Aaqib Javed, Mohammad Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq. Sri Lanka (from): R S Mahanama, U C Hathursinghe, A P Gurusinha, S Ranatunga, A Ranatunga (capt), P A de Silva, H P Tillakaratne, C I Dunusinghe, U C J Vaas, M Muralitharan, G P Wickramasighe, K R Pushpakumara. S T Jayasuriya, M Munasinghe, D P Samaraweera.
INDIA SQUAD (Home Test series v New Zealand, 18 Oct to 12 Nov): M Azharuddin (capt), S R Tendulkar, N S Sidhu, A S Jadeja, M Prabhakar, V G Kambli, S V Manjrekar, V Rathore, N Mongia, S Dighe, J Srinath, V Prasad, P Vaidya, S A Ankola, A Kumble, Venkatapathy Raju, A Kapoor, R K Chauhan, S Bahutule, U Chatterjee.Reuse content