The BCCI has requested its selectors to choose a “young” team to visit Bangladesh early next month to play a round of ODIs there. So, who will go?
It seems likely that a few of the “seniors” will be rested. It is likely that Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Ajit Agarkar will be part of the players’ group that is “rested”.
Sourav Ganguly may (just may) hang on to his place. But I somehow doubt that too.
The “rested” senior players could be replaced by players like Manoj Tiwari, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma and Romesh Powar. S. Badrinath may come in for Anil Kumble. I can’t see Irfan Pathan going to Bangladesh. Joginder Sharma may come in for Pathan.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is another big question mark. He doesn’t quite fit into the “truant seniors” block. However, it is likely that the selectors may look at his endorsement-mania and use this as an opportunity to send him a message too. I won’t be surprised if he is taken along and does not get a game.
The XV for Bangladesh could then be:
Suresh Raina / S. Badrinath
Rohit Sharma / Mohammed Kaif
Dinesh Karthik / M.S.Dhoni
S. Sreesanth / Ishant Sharma
This team is still short of a proven all rounder. It is also probably weak in the bowling department. So, it is likely that Irfan Pathan will get a back-door look-in.