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No directive on team selection: Niranjan Shah

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: The National Selection Committee will not be given any directives by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the composition of the Indian team to be chosen for the June 8-14 triangular series in Bangladesh.

''There's going to be no directive, but this tournament seems ideal to take some risk by including new players in the team,'' BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said today, ahead of selection of the squads for Bangladesh and the subsequent Asia Cup, late next month in Pakistan.

The selectors will be meeting here on Friday to pick the two squads.

Speculations are already on, about the chances of seniors like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, who were omitted for the previous tri-series that India played in Australia, being inducted into the squads.

When asked about news reports that Sachin Tendulkar may not be available for the short visit to Bangladesh, the BCCI secretary said that the selection panel chief (Dilip Vengsarkar) would be the one to know these things.

The master batsman missed the second and third home Tests against South Africa and the first seven IPL ties for his team Mumbai Indians, because of a groin injury.

Shah also said that if needed, the IPL team franchise physiotherapists' reports could be asked for, in case of doubt about the fitness of a few players who got injured during the tournament.

UNI

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