Indian squad for Bangla tour to be picked on Apr 20

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The Indian squad for next month's Bangladesh tour, for both the one-dayers and the Tests, will be announced on April 20 here.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Niranjan Shah said here on Thursday that he had a meeting with Chairman of the senior selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar and we have finalised April 20 as the day for selecting the Test as well as the one-day team for Bangladesh tour.

The team would have a coaching camp in Kolkata from May 2 to 6 after the team members assemble there on May 1, Shah said, adding the team will leave for Bangladesh on May 7 from Kolkata.

The Indians are scheduled to play two Tests and three one-dayers during their tour of Bangladesh from May 10 to 29.

The ODIs precede the Test series.

Shah said that all the players chosen on April 20 would assemble for a combined camp. ''I think the selectors will select around 20-25 players, but it is up to them,'' he said.

He said that the Working Committee had told the selectors to choose a young team but it was entirely upto the selectors how they go about their job.

''We decided that a young team be chosen for the Bangladesh tour, but I cannot say who will be in the team or who will not be. It is upto the selectors,'' he said when asked whether Sachin Tendulkar would be dropped.

Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh have been given show cause notice for talking to the media by the board.

Skipper Rahul Dravid, named captain on April 7 by the selectors via a teleconference during the course of the BCCI's Working Committee meeting here, and cricket manager Ravi Shastri would attend the meeting on April 20, Shah said.

The tour, the first international assignment for the team after its dismal show in the World Cup, also gives it the ideal opportunity for avenging the shock defeat against Bangladesh in the mega event.


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