India in Bangladesh 2007 May 18, 2007

Tendulkar named vice-captain for series

Cricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar will be Rahul Dravid's deputy for the Tests against Bangladesh © Getty Images

The uncertainity over who will take over leadership of the Indian team if Rahul Dravid leaves the field has been answered for the moment with Sachin Tendulkar being appointed vice-captain for the two-Test series against Bangladesh.

"Tendulkar has been made the vice-captain," said Surendra Bhave, India's administrative manager.

India did not appoint a vice-captain for the one-day series against Bangladesh but Virender Sehwag took over when Dravid left the field for a brief while during the second ODI. The one-day squad did not include Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly or VVS Laxman and, with Sehwag dropped from the Test squad, the question cropped up once again.

Laxman had been appointed vice-captain for the Test series in South Africa in December 2006, after which Sachin Tendulkar took over the role for the home one-day series against West Indies and the World Cup in the Caribbean.