New Delhi:Leg-spinner Anil Kumble and medium pacer Ajit Agarkar have been included in the 15-member Indian team for the upcoming three-Test series against Pakistan. Opener Akash Chopra was also picked for the series while injured bowler Harbhajan Singh was ruled out as he is yet to recover fully, BCCI Secretary S K Nair said here. Ashish Nehra, who played a winning hand in the Karachi one-dayer, was not considered for selection owing to injury. Rookie all-rounder Ramesh Powar and one-day specialist Yuvraj Singh were also named in the squad for the historic series. Kaif left out However, the board has overlooked Mohammad Kaif, Hemang Badani and Amit Bhandari and the three will return home after the one-day series. The BCCI Secretary justified inclusion of just one wicketkeeper in the squad saying in case of injury to Parthiv Patel, a reserve keeper could always be flown in. The squad was finalised after the selectors had a tele-conference with the captain and coach John Wright. The Indian team members are: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Akash Chopra, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, L Balaji, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Parthiv Patel, Ramesh Powar, Murali Kartik. India will play three test matches in Pakistan - First Test at Multan (March 28 to April 1), Second Test at Lahore (April 5-9) and the Third Test at Rawalpindi (April 13-17).
(With PTI inputs)