Saturday, April 21, 2007

A well-earned rest for Tendulkar and Ganguly

India selectors pitched for youth for nextmonth's tour of Bangladesh, resting batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly from the one-day team and ousting three others following the side's World Cupfailure.India, who suffered a shock exit from the first stage of the World Cup,play a three-match one-day series followed by two tests from May 10.Tendulkarand Ganguly retained their test places.
Out-of-form batsman Virender Sehwag madethe one-day team but was dropped from the test side.Off-spinner HarbhajanSingh, left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan and pacer Ajit Agarkar, all part of theWorld Cup disappointment, were dropped from both teams.
"For the Bangladesh tourwe thought we could get youngsters," chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar toldjournalists."It is only for this tour. We thought we could try players who havedone well in first-class (domestic) cricket. This was the only opportunity wehave to see and assess their talent. That's the reason we have picked them."They (the team) are playing 45 ODIs, you see, this year. It will be tough toplay all the matches. (Tendulkar and Ganguly) understand that. Everybody willtake rest."
Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary, 21, is the lone new face in the one-day team while 18-year-old leg spinner Piyush Chawla, who has played one test, hasbeen drafted into the one-day team following Anil Kumble's retirement. A clutch of younger players have been recalled.The only debutant in the test team was Baroda left-arm spinner Rajesh Pawar.
Vengsarkar said wicketkeeper-batsmanDinesh Karthik would be considered as opener in tests along with Wasim Jaffer."We picked three spinners and four fast bowlers. We have to get the combinationright."The team leave for Bangladesh on May 7 after a five-day preparatory campin Kolkata.Former captain Ravi Shastri was named cricket manager earlier thismonth after Australian Greg Chappell resigned as coach.
Squad for one-dayinternationals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, VirenderSehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Manoj Tiwary,Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, PiyushChawla, Ramesh Powar and Dinesh Mongia.
Squad for tests: Rahul Dravid (captain),Wasim Jaffer, Sachin Tendulkar, Vangipurappu Laxman, Mahendra Dhoni, SouravGanguly, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan,Vikram Rajvir Singh, Munaf Patel, Anil Kumble, Ramesh Powar and Rajesh Pawar.
Itinerary: One-day internationals: May 10 and May 12 in Mirpur, May 15 inChittagong. Tests: May 18-22 in Chittagong and May 25-29 in Mirpur.

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