Tendulkar opts out of Bangladesh tri-series

Published: Saturday, December 26, 2009, 10:00 [IST]
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Sachin opts out of Bangladesh tri-series

Chennai: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has been rested for the upcoming tri series in Bangladesh, however the Mumbai batsman will play in the Test series.

"Sachin Tendulkar desired to be rested for the tri-series at Bangladesh. He will play the tests against Bangladesh," Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary N. Srinivasan said in a statement.

Good news for Kerala pacer Sreesanth, as selectors have included him in the squad for the tri series. Sreesanth missed the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka due to the swine flu.

Meanwhile, selectors have dropped pacemen Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar  from India's 16-member squad .

Ishant, who has been in poor form in recent times, was not only axed from the Tri-series squad but was also not included in the team for the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka here on Sunday.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was also left out of the Tri-series squad with the national selectors preferring leg spinner Amit Mishra to share the spin bowling responsibilities with Harbhajan Singh.

Yuvraj Singh was retained in the squad, despite missing three of the first four matches in the home series against Sri Lanka which ends Sunday.

Virender Sehwag, who led India when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was banned for two matches during the Sri Lanka series, has been named vice-captain of the Tri-series squad.

India will play tests at Chittagong from Jan. 17-21 and Dhaka from Jan. 24-28 following the ODI series.

India Tri-Series squad: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Sudeep Tyagi, Dinesh Karthik, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Ashok Dinda, Amit Mishra.


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