IN CHARGE: Suresh Raina will not have the help of several key seniors in Bangladesh.
India’s fringe players will have a chance to impress the selectors in the build-up to next year’s cricket World Cup on Sunday when they begin a short one-day series tour to Bangladesh.
The visitors are without eight regulars, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the prolific Virat Kohli, for the three day-night matches, which will all be played at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in the capital Dhaka and led by Suresh Raina.
Just four members of the squad — Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Wriddhiman Saha — will fly to England later in the month for a marquee tour comprising five Tests, five ODIs and one Twenty20.
The series offers the likes of Pujara, who has six Test centuries but has played in just two one-dayers, a chance to stake their claims to a place in the squad for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“It is a good opportunity for all the young players who are part of this tour,” Pujara, 26, said after being named for the Bangladesh series.