India in Bangladesh, 2007 April 12, 2007

Indian team for Bangladesh tour to be picked on April 20

Cricinfo staff

The Indian board (BCCI) will announce the Indian side for the tour of Bangladesh on April 20 in Mumbai. Bangladesh host India for two Tests and three one-day internationals between May 10 and 29.

The team will have a coaching camp in Kolkata from May 2 to 6, for which the players will meet on May 1, according to Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary. "We will be selecting around 20 players in all," Dilip Vengsarkar, the chairman of selectors, told PTI. The Test and ODI teams will be picked from this pool of players. The team will leave for Bangladesh on May 7.

The BCCI recently appointed Rahul Dravid team captain for the next three tours, to Bangladesh, Ireland and England and asked the selectors to pick a "young side" for the first of those tours. Ravi Shastri, the former international turned television commentator, was appointed manager for the Bangladesh tour. Both Dravid and Shastri will attend the selection meeting, Shah said.

On being asked if Sachin Tendulkar would be dropped for the Bangladesh tour in keeping with the idea of selecting a young team, Shah repeated that it was up to the selectors to decide.

Tour itinerary:
1st ODI - May 10, Mirpur
2nd ODI - May 12, Mirpur
3rd ODI - May 15, Chittagong

1st Test - May 18-22, Chittagong
2nd Test - May 25-29, Mirpur