After coming down hard on the West Indies with a decision to sue the WICB over withdrawing midway through its tour of India, the BCCI announced the 14-man squad for the first three ODIs of the five-match home series with Sri Lanka, resting regular skipper MS Dhoni and giving the captaincy duty to Virat Kohli.
The BCCI managed to secure the hurriedly arranged series with Sri Lanka after the Windies flew home prematurely, abandoning an ODI, a T20 and three Tests. Sri Lanka Cricket accepted its counterpart's offer readily, with the series scheduled between November 1 to 15.
Besides resting Dhoni and giving the gloves to Wriddhiman Saha in his absence, the other major change in the team was the inclusion of Varun Aaron who bets another chance to impress for the World Cup. He takes the place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has also been rested.
Meanwhile, offspinnner R Ashwin returned to the squad replacing chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who was left out after warming the bench during the four ODIs against West Indies. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, however, impressed the selectors enough to retain his place.
Rohit Sharma was not considered as he is yet to prove his match fitness; however, he was named in the India A squad to play the Lankans in the one-day practice match ahead of the ODI series. Kuldeep Yadav, Sanju Samson, Parvez Rasool and Sanju Samson also found a place in the India A squad to be led by Manoj Tiwary.
The board on Tuesday also announced Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad as venues for the series against Sri Lanka.
Team for first 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel
India A Squad: Manoj Tiwary (c), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhaval Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav