Pacer Ishant Sharma was surprisingly retained while senior bowler Zaheer Khan was ignored in a 15-member Indian squad announced for Sachin Tendulkar's farewell two-Test series against the West Indies next month.
Ishant has been heavily criticised for his poor form and was even dropped from the last two matches of the ongoing series against Australia.
Zaheer, on the other hand, had made a case for his selection by picking up five wickets in Mumbai's Ranji Trophy opener against Haryana.
The spotlight will, however, firmly be on Tendulkar, who would be completing 200 Tests in international cricket before drawing the curtains on his career.
The landmark match would be played in the 40-year-old's home ground in Mumbai from November 14, preceded by the opening game in Kolkata from November 6.
India squad: MS Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma.
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC):
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has praised CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb for taking bold steps to reform the confederation, and says the body is now poised to become a potent force in world football.
Speaking here at the recent inaugural CONCACAF Sports Summit, Blatter said Webb had played a pivotal role in reshaping a confederation in need of fresh leadership.
"I have to congratulate this president and CONCACAF, and the national associations of CONCACAF for what they have done in 2012 because they have changed the leadership, and it was time to change the leadership," Blatter told journalists.
Webb was last year elected unopposed to the powerful position of CONCACAF president, in the wake of the cash-for-votes scandal which rocked the Caribbean in 2011.
T&T helps ailing footballerPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
The Trinidad and Tobago football association (TTFA) has donated TT$72,300 to former national player Akeem Adams to aid his recovery from a massive heart attack.
The money was generated from t-shirt sales as well as ticket sales from the recent friendly international match between T&T and New Zealand at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
"We made a commitment to the cause and have been able to make a substantial contribution towards the fund from proceeds realised from the New Zealand match," said TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee.
Adams remains in a hospital in Hungary where he is still recovering from a major heart attack suffered several weeks ago.