Mumbai: Senior players Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan were on
Wednesday 'rested' on fitness grounds while Yusuf Pathan and Ashok Dinda
were named in India's 15-member squad for the Asia Cup cricket tournament
beginning in Mirpur, Bangladesh from March 11.
selectors, however, refrained from making wholesale changes in the squad
that performed miserably in the ongoing triangular series and preceding
Test series in Australia by retaining many of the players, like Rohit
Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, who struggled throughout the tour.
Tendulkar has also been retained in the squad which will have young Virat
Kohli as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's deputy.
all-rounder Yusuf Pathan and Bengal paceman Ashok Dinda, 27, were recalled
in the team announced by BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale after a meeting of
the selection committee.
Pacer Umesh Yadav has also been left out
of the team because of injury concerns.
"Virender Sehwag, Zaheer
Khan and Umesh Yadav have been rested on fitness grounds," Jagdale said in
Yusuf, who scored a century against Saurashtra with
the help of 10 sixes and six fours in a Vizay Hazare match, and Dinda, who
had an impressive performance in the domestic circuit, were rewarded with
a place in the squad.
However, the selectors opted to retain
Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja despite being failures in
the tour of Australia.
Apart from India, arch rivals Pakistan,
Sri Lanka and hosts Bamgladesh will take part in the Asia Cup to be held
in Mirpur from March 11 to 22.
Indian squad for Asia Cup:
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain)
2. Virat Kohli (vice-captain)
3. Sachin Tendulkar
4. Gautam Gambhir
5. Rohit Sharma
6. Suresh Raina
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. Ravichandran Ashwin
9. Praveen Kumar
10. Vinay Kumar
11. Rahul Sharma
12. Yusuf Pathan
13. Manoj Tiwary
14. Irfan Pathan
15. Ashok Dinda
Pacers Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav have been rested on fitness grounds.
India are to clash with Sri Lanka in their opening match of the tournament
on March 13.
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