The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the lineup for the forthcoming white-ball series against New Zealand and the first two Test matches against Australia late on Friday night. The selectors have named a 16-member side for the series against New Zealand, which will consist of three one-day internationals and as many T20 internationals. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma from the T20Is, as well as KL Rahul from both sides, were glaring exclusions. In a statement, the BCCI addressed Rahul’s non-selection, while Kohli and Rohit received no explanation.

KL Rahul and Axar Patel were reportedly unable to participate in the New Zealand Home series due to family responsibilities, according to a statement released by the BCCI on Friday. In the Border-Gavaskar series, Ravindra Jadeja’s absence from the two Test matches against Australia was likewise justified. “Jadeja’s inclusion in the squad is pending fitness,” the announcement said.

There was no mention of Kohli or Rohit, who are both now participating in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. The BCCI’s secretary, Jay Shah, has also been quiet about their absence.

A PTI report said that India would only choose specialists for the T20I format, implying that stars like Virat Kohli will be given a break from the competition before the T20I squad for the Sri Lanka series at home was made public earlier this month.

Despite returning for the ODIs, Kohli was not chosen for the Sri Lanka T2OIs. Rohit, though, missed since he was still healing from a finger injury.

“First of all, it is not allowed to play consecutive games. They must have enough downtime, for all format participants. I certainly fall into that category. There will be three T20Is vs New Zealand. We’ll wait and see what happens after the IPL. I haven’t decided whether to stop using the format,” Rohit had remarked returning for the ODI series with Sri Lanka.

India will only play two more T20I series this year, one against Australia after the ODI World Cup and the other against West Indies on the road in July and August.