Team India in Bangladesh for Asia Cup


Dhaka: The
Indian squad, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, reached the Bangladesh capital
Dhaka to take part in the four-nation 11th Asia Cup starting on Sunday.
The team arrived after a delay of five-hours.

Two cricketers quipped  " Never spent such a long time to come to
Bangladesh " Sachin Tendulkar was sporting a new look and looked different
in long hair.

Dhoni and his men came back from the disastrous tour of Australia only a
few days ago where they were knocked out of the triangular series after
having been thrashed 0-4 in the preceding Test series by the home team.

Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the opening fixture of the Asia Cup
which India have won five times in its history, including on the last
occasion two years ago in Sri Lanka. India open their campaign against Sri
Lanka on March 13 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

clash between two arch rivals India and Pakistan is set for March 18,
which would be the first meeting between the two sides since last March in
the World Cup semi-final at Mohali where India won before clinching
cricket’s showpiece event for the second time in their history. The Asia
Cup, in which each of the four teams meets every other team once in the
league stage, concludes on March 22.

Indian squad:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Virat Kohli (Vice Capt), Sachin Tendulkar,
Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin,
Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary,
Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda.

Duncan Fletcher.

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