Will selectors pick Tendulkar for Asia Cup?

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Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 10:45 [IST]
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Will India pick Sachin for Asia Cup?

Mumbai, Feb 23: In a week's time, the selectors will meet again to pick the Indian squad for another ODI tournament. This time they have to choose players for next month's Asia Cup. The biggest question will be whether they will pick Sachin Tendulkar.

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It is learnt that the senior selection committee, under the chairmanship of Kris Srikkanth, will meet on March 1 to pick the squad for the March 11 to 22 tournament to be held in Bangladesh.

The current Indian team in Australia is struggling on the field and off it as well. While they are in doubt of missing out on finals' berth, selection issues are causing rift in the team.

The rotation policy has brought enough discord in the team and it remains to be seen how the selectors handle the current situation when they sit down to pick the team.

Tendulkar, who is chasing his 100th international ton, will be the focus. Whether he will be on the team sheet or not will be be known soon.

Tendulkar, who doesn't feature in ODIs regularly, had opted out of the shorter format after the World Cup last year. But he decided to come back into the squad for the current tri-series.

Whether he will rest again from Asia Cup or selectors take a call on him is not sure.

He has been struggling in the tri-series with just 90 runs from five games. There have already been calls for him to retire from ODIs.

Former Indian captain Kapil Dev wants him to call it a day immediately from the shorter format.

There will also be question marks over dashing opener Virender Sehwag, who too is searching for some runs. Youngster Rohit Sharma is also under the scanner after an unimpressive tri-series.

With offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin doing well, it will be tough for Harbhajan Singh to make a comeback to the team.

India will open their Asia Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on March 13. Pakistan and hosts Bangladesh are the other two teams in the competition.


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