"We want to give some practice to our players (who are now playing only IPL games--T20 matches), as the England tour is pretty long, lasting for two-and-half months," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel had said.
     
Asked how a tour of Bangladesh with sub-continental wickets would help the players in England, Patel said the idea was to try new players.

India are set to commence their tour of England in the latter part of June and set to play five Tests, as many ODIs and a one-off T20 international that will spill over to the beginning of September. This would be the first five-match Test series for India in Old Blighty since 1959 when they were whitewashed.
     
Incidentally, the Dhoni-led team was comprehensively beaten 4-0 in the four-game rubber in 2011, India's previous full tour to England. and this visit gives it a chance to make amends.

Raina to lead Indian team against Bangladesh

The Sandeep Patil-led selection committee announced the squad for a three-match ODI series against Bangladesh which would precede the tour of England.
     
Suresh Raina  would lead the 15-member squad which would be devoid of big stars such as regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma among others.
     
Raina, incidentally, was not even a member of the Asia Cup held in Bangladesh prior to IPL after his indifferent form in ODIs held earlier.
     
Spin spearhead R Ashwin and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have also been rested from the squad for Bangladesh which will play three ODIs in Mirpur on June 15, 17 and 19.
     
Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parveez Rasool has found a place in the squad for Bangladesh which also marks the return of in-form batsman Robin Uthappa, who has been a prolific scorer in the ongoing IPL.
     
The Bangladesh-bound squad features new faces in Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav and left-arm spinner Akshar Patel of Gujarat.
     
The tour of England starts from June 26 and concludes on September 7 during which the Indians will play five Tests , an equal number of ODIs and one Twenty20 International.

Satya Prasad to be Team India’s manager

Former Andhra Pradesh Ranji Trophy player and member of the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) Satya Prasad Yachendra was appointed as the manager of the Indian team touring Bangladesh in mid-June.

ACA president Subba Rao, honorary general secretary Ganga Raju and memebers of the state association congratulated Satya Prasad, who is a member from Venkatagiri, and wished him all the best for his assignment.
     
Suresh Raina  would lead a 15-member squad to Bangladesh which would be devoid of big stars such as regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma among others.
     
Team India will take on Mushfiqur Rahim-led Bangladesh in three one-dayers slated for June 15, 17 and 19 in Mirpur.

India's Tour of Bangladesh-2014
Match Date/Day Teams Venue Time
1st ODI Sunday, June 15
India vs Bangladesh Mirpur 9:30 AM
2nd ODI
Tuesday, June 17 India vs Bangladesh Mirpur 9:30 AM
3rd ODI
Thursday, June 19 India vs Bangladesh Mirpur 9:30 AM


I want to make full use of Bangladesh Tour: Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara is keen to shed the 'Test-specialist' tag, but in the process the Saurshtra batsman will not be desperate when he gets a chance to showcase his skills in limited-overs cricket.

India are set to play a short three-match ODI series against Bangaldesh as soon as the IPL-7 gets over on June 1. Pujara, who has been waiting in the wings to get an ODI call for quite some time, is hoping to get a game finally. In his bid to make it to the playing XI, he also started practicing leg-spin recently.

"I am hoping to play an ODI finally. But I am not thinking to prove a point to anyone. If I am good in limited overs games then I will get a chance automatically. I just want to make full use of the Bangladesh series and do well for my team," Pujara said.

The Indian selectors on Wednesday decided to rest as many as seven players for the series in which Suresh Raina will lead India. Pujara feels the T20 experience in IPL will help him during the ODIs.

"It is always good to play T20s before going into ODIs. I think it should help me," he said.
     
Bangladesh series good opportunity to prepare for England tour: Raina

Suresh Raina, who is all set to lead the 15-member Indian squad to Bangladesh for a three-ODI series, has said it would be a good opportunity for him to get prepared for a tougher England tour ahead.

"It will be a good opportunity for me before the England ODI series. I hope if I do well (in Bangladesh) then I will go and perform well in the England one-day series also," said Raina.

He, however, admitted that Bangladesh series would not be easy for his "young team", as the hosts would be tough opponents in their backyard.
    
The 27-year old will lead the Indian team which is devoid of star players like regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma among others.

"Bangladesh is a good team in its home ground. We didn't win in the Asia Cup and we lost the (T20) World Cup final (held there). It will be a challenge for us,” he said.

"It is a young team. The good thing is that all the young players have done well. Left-arm (spinner) Akshar Patel has done well, (Ambati) Rayudu has done well, Manoj Tiwary has done well, (Wriddhiman) Saha has done well. Especially Robin Uthappa, he has been performing well in the ongoing IPL," said Raina on Wednesday night after his IPL team Chennai Super Kings posted a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians.

Stating that a captain is as good as his team, the left handed batsman said, "It is a good team. I think the captain is not so important but if you have good players you can win matches."

Indian squad for Bangladesh Tour

Suresh Raina (Captain)

Playing role: Batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Robin Uthappa

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

 

Cheteshwar Pujara

Playing role: Batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak

 

Ajinkya Rahane

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Right-arm medium

Ambati Rayudu

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Manoj Tiwary    

Playing role: Batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak googly

Kedar Jadhav

Playing role: Batsmam

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Wriddhiman Saha

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: --

Parvez Rasool

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

 

Akshar Patel

Playing role:  Bowler

Batting style:  Left-hand bat

Bowling style:  Slow left-arm orthodox

 

 

Vinay Kumar

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

 

Umesh Yadav

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

 

Stuart Binny

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

 

Mohit Sharma

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

 

 

Amit Mishra

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak

Bangladesh squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mithun Ali, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Ziaur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.

(JPN/Agencies)

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