New Delhi: The BCCI selection committee has announced the squad for the tour of Zimbabwe which is scheduled for next month.
Ajinkya Rahane has been named as the captain for the tour which will consist of 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is and begins on July 10.
A total of 8 changes have been made from the side that played the ODI series against Bangladesh earlier this month.
Regular ODI skipper MS Dhoni, Test skipper Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan were some of the key players rested for the tour, mainly due to the fatigue of having played non-stop cricket since November last year.
Manish Pandey and Sandeep Sharma, who have been impressive in the Indian Premier League over the last couple of years, find themselves in an ODI squad for the first time in their careers.
Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Kedar Jadhav and Karn Sharma make a return to the squad, with Uthappa likely to get the wicket-keeper's gloves ahead of Jadhav.
Harbhajan, who has 259 ODI wickets to his name, last played a 50-over match for India in 2011.
In addition, it has been confirmed that Ravi Shastri, who has served as the team director over the last 10 months, will not travel with the team to the African country.
Squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Capt.), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma