- Ravichandran Ashwin returns from injury to replace Ravindra Jadeja in Rest of India squad for Irani Cup
- Irani Cup will be played between Ranji Trophy champs Vidarbha and Rest of India from March 14 to 18
- Irani Cup 2018’s Rest of India squad will feature Karun Nair, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal and Jayant Yadav
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Saturday (March 10), confirmed that left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has been replaced by premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the Rest of India squad for the upcoming Irani Cup cricket tournament against Vidarbha, in Nagpur from March 14 to 18.
Jadeja, who recently suffered a side strain, has been advised a week’s rest by his doctors and will therefore have to sit out the Irani Cup clash against Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha. It must be noted here that Jadeja’s replacement, Ashwin was himself ruled out of the recently concluded Deodhar Trophy due to a ‘niggling issue’, after originally being named as India A’s captain.
The BCCI released a statement confirming the development, which read: “The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named R Ashwin as the replacement for injured Ravindra Jadeja in the Rest of India squad for the Irani Cup. Jadeja suffered a side strain and has been advised rest.”
While Ranji champions Vidarbha will be led by left-handed opener Faiz Fazal, Karnataka’s Karun Nair was named as the skipper of Rest of India squad, which will also feature other promising names likes Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Ravikumar Samarth, Jayant Yadav, Navdeep Saini and now Ravichandran Ashwin.
Coached by Mumbai stalwart Chandrakant Pandit, Vidarbha emerged as surprise Ranji Trophy champions this season as they beat heavyweights Delhi in the final to clinch their maiden title.
Irani Cup 2018 Squad: Rest of India vs Vidarbha
Rest of India Squad for Irani Cup: Karun Nair (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, R Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddarth Kaul, Ankit Rajpoot, Navdeep Saini, Atit Sheth
Vidarbha Squad for Irani Cup: Yet to be announced
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