Amid reports that the key Indian athletes will remain absent during the historic Test match against Afghanistan, the officials have said that the majority of the Indian players may play the match apart from skipper Virat Kohli who will be away for the county matches.

According to the latest reports, Kohli’s absence will likely pave the way for hreyas Iyer’s entry into the Indian squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan starting June 14.

The Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane is set to lead the Indian team against the historic match while Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma are expected to come back from England after Yorkshire’s away game against Surrey at the Oval from May 11-14.

“There was a bit of wrong communication in some sections of media. Pujara was always going to play the Test match against Afghanistan. Ditto for Ishant Sharma, who doesn’t have a game for Sussex after his next match against Kent from May 11-14,” an Indian cricket board official was quoted as saying in a report by The New Indian Express.

“We have like for like replacements. For Kohli, it has been Iyer. For Jadeja, it’s Axar Patel, for Hardik Pandya, it is Vijay Shankar. So you cannot miss the pattern,” a selection committee member was quoted as saying.

This comes as reports emerged earlier suggesting that the majority of the Indian national cricket team players may miss the historic match against Afghanistan.