Iyer, Siraj named in India squad for New Zealand T20Is

Mohammed Siraj SRH Delhi Daredevils Ashish Nehra IPL 2017

Mohammed Siraj celebrates a wicket during IPL

We have clearly communicated to the player (Ashish Nehra) and to the team management that we are only looking at him till the New Zealand series, said Prasad on including Ashish Nehra in the 16 man probable's. Same with Siraj, ' says chairman of selectors MSK Prasad. While Iyer has been a consistent performer for Mumbai and India A during the past one year, Siraj came into prominence after he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. We will sit with this policy that if we pick a player, we will give him an extended rope, and we will continue with him and nurture him and see that he goes on to become successful.

In his last 10 innings, Iyer has scored two centuries and three fifties and that was enough for the selectors to include him in the squad. India are set to play three T20Is after the completion of the ongoing ODI series. Dinesh Karthik has got another chance in the shortest form of the game, but we aren't sure about his place in the playing XI because of KL Rahul's comeback.

"As far as the Test series is concerned, he is going to play".

Prasad explained: "We have communicated to Nehra and the team management that we were only looking at him till the New Zealand series. He is doing well, he has been duly recognised and rewarded as well", he added.

The wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has once again found favour with the selectors with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja being overlooked once again in the limited-overs format. India will play 3 T20I against New Zealand starting from November 1.

India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra (only for first T20I), Mohammed Siraj.

Senior speedsters Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma are back in the squad for the five-day format along with Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha.

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