Robin Uthappa was consistent in his performances for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. His good run of form earned him the chance to lead India A in the limited-over series vs Australia A.
Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwari have got another opportunity to establish themselves as international players when they were named as captains of the India A squads in the limited over and four-day formats, respectively. The Board of Control for Cricket in India's senior selection committee met in Mumbai on Wednesday to pick the India 'A' squads for the tour of Australia, in July-August.
India 'A' will play two four-day games against Australia 'A,' and will also participate in a limited-overs quadrangular series, featuring South Africa 'A,' Australia 'A,' and Cricket Australia's National Performance Squad.
Good performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have been rewarded. A few Indian team discards like Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra have also made the cut in the four-day format. The nature of the limited overs squad leaves a lot of scope for youngsters to be picked for the 2015 World Cup. Uthappa is certainly one of them.
The tour, from July 6 to August 2, is part of an exchange programme that has been initiated by BCCI along with Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa to provide increased exposure to upcoming players and provide them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with and compete in overseas conditions.
July 6-9 v Aus 'A' at Allan Border Field, Queensland;
July 13-16 v Aus 'A' at Allan Border Field, Queensland;
July 20-Aug 2: Quadrangular 'ODI' series in Northern Territory (Marrara Oval and Gardens Oval).
Squad for the four-day matches: Manoj Tiwary (captain), K.L. Rahul, Jiwanjot Singh, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Karun Nair, Naman Ojha, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Anureet Singh, Rajat Paliwal, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Sharma, Jaspreet Bumrah, B. Aparajith
Squad for the limited overs series: Robin Uthappa (captain), Unmukt Chand, Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni, Rishi Dhawan, Mohit Sharma, Karn Sharma, Rahul Shukla, Manan Vohra, Jaydev Unadkat.