Selectors likely go with a young team for Bangladesh

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Mumbai, May 29: The national selection committee are scheduled to meet here tomorrow to choose the squads for next month's ODI tri-series in Bangladesh and the subsequent Asia Cup in Pakistan with speculation rife that youngsters who performed in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be given a chance.

The tri-series in Bangladesh will be held from June 8 to 14 and would be followed by the Asia Cup in Pakistan. The five-member selection panel led by Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar will also have to take a call on senior players Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, who had been left out of the last ODI series India played the Australian tri-series. A lot would depend on what ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wishes as also the inputs from coach Gary Kirsten. The duo is slated to attend the meeting at Cricket Board's headquarters here.

Meanwhile, the Bangalore and Kolkata teams led by Dravid and Ganguly failed to sparkle in the IPL and have been knocked out of the competition before the semi-final stage.

The two senior batsmen put up a mixed show with the bat, but what may tilt the scales against their inclusion could be the fact that both are not the fleetest of fielders as compared to younger rivals.

UNI

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