DHAKA: India’s fringe players will have a chance to impress the selectors in the build-up to next year’s cricket World Cup on Sunday (today) when they begin a short one-day series tour to Bangladesh. The visitors are without eight regulars, including captain MS Dhoni and the prolific Virat Kohli, for the three day-night matches, which will all be played at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the capital Dhaka and led by Suresh Raina. Just four members of the squad -- Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Wriddhiman Saha -- will fly to England later in the month for a marquee tour comprising five Tests, five ODIs and one Twenty20. The series offers the likes of Pujara, who has six Test centuries but has played in just two one-dayers, a chance to stake their claims to a place in the squad for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
For Bangladesh, it will be their first series under new coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, who has been handed a two-year contract following the recent departure of Australian Shane Jurgensen. Hathurusinghe would be keen to start off on a winning note and turn around the fortunes of the perennial whipping boys of international cricket. Ranked a lowly ninth in ODIs, Bangladesh have had a string of disappointing shows recently with a 3-0 whitewash against Sri Lanka followed by early knockouts from the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 despite being hosts of both tournaments. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said the team had an opportunity to bounce back with a good show against the second-string Indian side. India, the World Cup holders, currently lie third in the ODI rankings. The other two matches are on June 17 and 19.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mithun Ali, Abdur Razzak, Masrafe Mortaza, Shohag Gazi, Ziaur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed
India: Suresh Raina (capt.), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra.
LAHORE: Hosts Pakistan will take on visiting Zimbabwe in the second and final Twenty20 ...