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Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin

India A Team Set To Play Four-Day Matches (5 Or 6) Against South Africa And England In Dec-Jan 2024| Report. The team might dispatch some senior Test specialists early to South Africa to participate in India ‘A’ side’s three-match ‘shadow tour. This serves as a precursor to the crucial two-match Test series commencing on December 26.

Traditionally, the BCCI organizes ‘A’ team tours to countries where the senior team is scheduled to play Test matches. Following last year’s Bangladesh series. The focus shifted to the ODI World Cup, leading to a hiatus in pathway cricket including ‘A’ team tours and the U-19 series. However, this season presents an opportunity for domestic performers. With five or six ‘A’ games scheduled in the first-class format between December and January.

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Next month, South Africa ‘A’ and India ‘A’ have scheduled three Tests. Followed by an additional two to three matches against England Lions (England ‘A’) in January. This series of games precedes India’s five-match mega series against the senior English side.

“Yes, India ‘A’ and South Africa ‘A’ have scheduled three four-day Tests next month.” The team announcement is imminent, expected to feature promising young talents. Experienced players seeking match practice ahead of the two Test matches in Centurion (December 26 to 30) and Cape Town (January 3-7),” disclosed a source from BCCI to PTI under anonymity.

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While players like Abhimanyu Easwaran, B Sai Sudharsan, Yash Dhull, Kona Bharat, Upendra Yadav, and Saurabh Kumar are likely to be part of the squad. There’s anticipation about whether seniors such as Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin. Jaydev Unadkat will feature in at least one four-day game as a tune-up for the African challenge.

The discussion might also involve Test discard Jayant Yadav and Services off-spinner Pulkit Narang. Both recognized red-ball off-spinners are frequently called to the India nets during the Test series. In the realm of young pacers, Vidwath Kaverappa, Kuldeep Sen, Harshit Rana and Umran Malik may find themselves in consideration alongside seasoned players like Navdeep Saini. 

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