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Mumbai: May 21, 2014


The Indian squad for the short visit to Bangladesh would be picked at the end of this month, according to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel. “The team for Bangladesh would be selected at the end of this month, most probably in Bangalore (venue of IPL final on June 1),” Patel said. India are to play a short series of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in Dhaka between June 15 and 19, reaching Bangladesh on June 13 and leaving for home on June 20.


This short visit to the country’s eastern neighbours precedes the long tour to England comprising five Tests and a five-match one-day series against the hosts. In view of the tour to England, the Indian selectors might rest captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and key batsman Virat Kohli, news reports have indicated.


Patel had said earlier that some new players could be tried out in Bangladesh, while refusing to say about the possibility of resting Dhoni and Kohli. Asked about selection of the squad to England, Patel said, “Not now (along with squad to Bangladesh). That will be done later.” The Indian squad would leave for England shortly after returning from Bangladesh with the tour commencing on June 26 with a three-day game scheduled in Leicester.


The team is set to play one more warm-up three-day game against Derbyshire (July 1-3) before the five-match Test series commencing July 9 at Trent Bridge. The other four Tests are to be played at Lord’s (July 17-21), Ageas Bowl in Southampton (July 27-31), Old Trafford (August 7-11) and The Oval (August 15-19).


The Test series would be followed by the five-match ODI series commencing August 25 at Bristol before India would wind up the visit by playing a one-off T20 International against the hosts on September 7 at Edgbaston.