Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, Delhi batsman Gautam Gambhir and J&K bowler Parvez Rasool have been included in the Rest of India squad named Monday by the BCCI, which is scheduled to play Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka in the Irani Cup game at Bengaluru from February 9-13. 2014.
Punjab's Harbhajan, who last played a Test for India in March 2013, will lead a squad that also includes emerging star Baba Aparajith, Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav and pacer Varun Aaron. Jharkhand's Aaron also played for the Indian team in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand.
Karnataka will by buoyed by their recent Ranji Trophy win, where they beat Maharashtra convincingly by seven wickets in the final to win their seventh domestic title. (Match report)
The likes of captain Vinay Kumar, young batsman Lokesh Rahul and seasoned player Robin Uthappa in the Karnataka team has set the stage for a mouth-watering Irani Cup contest.
REST OF INDIA SQUAD
1. Harbhajan Singh (Captain) 2. Jiwanjyot Singh 3. Gautam Gambhir 4. Baba Aparajith 5. Kedar Jadhav 6. Ankit Bawne 7. Dinesh Kartik 8. Amit Mishra 9. Pankaj Singh 10. Ashoke Dinda 11. Varun Aaron 12. Parvez Rasool 13. Anureet Singh 14. Natraj Behera 15. Mandeep Singh