After sorting out the dispute over broadcaster issue with Zimbabwe Cricket Union BCCI is all set select a young Indian squad for the Zimbabwe tour.
Considering the fatigue factor, Sandip Patil lead selector’s group is likely to give opportunity young players for the 3 ODIs and 2 T20s in Zimbabwe. Players such as incumbent captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli might be given a break when the selectors meet on Monday to pick the squad for the limited over series.
During the India’s disappointing 2-1 series loss to Bangladesh captain MS Dhoni have repeatedly mentioned the fatigue reason. India completed seven months of continues cricket after the Bangladesh series.
In the backdrop of this, selectors may give rest to key Indian players. Skipper MS Dhoni, Test captain Virat Kohli and top spinner R Ashwin are likely to be rested.
Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are the two players in running for captaincy. Rohit is the top contender after successfully leading Mumbai Indians to the IPL title this season.
Raina, on the other hand, has been a stop-gap captain in shorter formats for long time. Elsewhere, batsman Ajinkya Rahane is set to be picked for the series starting July 10.
“Ashwin and Kohli are playing both formats. Dhoni has also had a lot of workload since the Australia tour followed by the World Cup and a gruelling IPL. These three require rest. A fresh Kohli and Ashwin are a must for Sri Lanka Tests which will be a very tough assignment,” a BCCI source said to Times of India.
In spin department if Ashwin is rested, then the selectors will have to tossup between Rarveez Rasool and Harbhajan Singh. Howecver, if the selectors prefer a junior team, it might tum the tide in Rasool’s favour.
Robin Uthappa may also make the cut in the team. Some of the certainties are Stuart Binny, Ambati Rayudu and Mohit Sharma. Pacer Umesh Yadav might get some much needed rest after injury free last six months.
The tour comprising three ODIs and two T20s was in doubt, but a BCCI release put all speculations to rest on Saturday.
The series had been rendered doubtful owing to unresolved issues between the country’s cricket board and host broadcaster Ten Sports.
Zimbabwe Cricket had said in a press release that it was hopeful of going ahead with India’s tour of the country.
The Hamilton Masakadza-led Zimbabwe have played good cricket in recent times when they gave hosts Pakistan a tough time during their 3 ODIs and 2 T20s, which they eventually lost.
Suresh Raina led the 15-man Indian squad when the Men in Blue toured Zimbabwe in 2010 for a limited-overs series, while Virat Kohli captained the team in 2013.
Even though Raina’s India failed to make the finals of the triangular series involving hosts Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, Kohli-led India blanked the hosts in a five-ODI series.
The committee will also select the India ‘A’ team that will participate in a tri-series against Australia ‘A’ and South Africa ‘A’ to be held in Chennai and Wayanad from July 19.
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