The Indian Cricket Board officials on Tuesday announced the squad for the one-off and historic test match against Afghanistan scheduled for June.

The officials are saying that the Indian side will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the absence of Virat Kohli who will be playing County cricket in England.

The decision was made after the senior selection committee, comprising chairman M.S.K. Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh, and India-A coach Rahul Dravid met on Tuesday evening.

Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have also been left out of the side, with a view to managing their workloads, while Karun Nair has been favoured over Rohit Sharma, according to The Hindu.

The squad as per the Indian officials include Ajinkya Rahane (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, M. Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Karun Nair.

Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur have also been included in the squad for the Test match against Afghanistan.