India will tour Bangladesh for a three-ODI series during the window between the IPL final on June 1 and their departure for England on June 22. The three ODIs are expected to be played at Dhaka on June 15, 17 and 19.
India may have a new captain in all likelihood, with Captain MS Dhoni and Vice-Captain Virat Kohli unavailable for the tour. Dhoni has planned a family vacation and the BCCI is inclined towards resting the captain for a tough season starting with the England tour and concluding with the 2015 World Cup.
Similarly, Kohli, who led India during the Asia Cup in March in the absence of the injured Dhoni, has also indicated to the BCCI that he would prefer a break going into the busy season.
The other three players who have led India in the recent past are Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina but none of them were part of the Asia Cup campaign. Which meant the selectors could be forced to choose a new captain, with Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin the main contenders to lead.
“We want to give some practice to our players (who are now playing only IPL games–T20 matches), as the England tour is pretty long, lasting for two-and-half months,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said.
When asked how a tour of Bangladesh with sub-continental wickets would help the players in England, Patel said the idea was to try new players but refused to answer whether it meant some leading regulars may be rested.
“We may try out some new players, I can’t say more,” said Patel, when queried about news reports that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli may be rested.
However, Rohit Sharma will be the leading contender who led his IPL team, Mumbai Indians to first title last year and impressed with his captaincy skills despite his team performed poorly in this season.
India’s tour to Bangladesh was in principle agreed upon between the boards at the time of FTP negotiations in February, which was signed on the side-lines of l ICC executive board meeting in April.