India squad for Zimbabwe tour likely to be announced on July 5

India are scheduled to play five ODIs from July 24 to August 3 © AFP

Mumbai: Jul 3, 2013

The Indian squad for the five-match ODI bilateral series in Zimbabwe commencing later this month will be picked on Friday.

“The selection committee will meet in Mumbai on July 5 to choose the team,” said a BCCI source.

It remains to be seen whether injured skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be available for selection.

The inspirational captain picked up a hamstring injury during the first ODI in the ongoing tri-nation ODI series in the West Indies and has been ruled out of the tournament.

The selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil has chosen Ambati Rayudu as his replacement in the squad. Virat Kohli is leading India in the remainder of the ongoing tri-series.

India commence their series against Zimbabwe on July 24.

The match schedule is:

July 24: 1st ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

July 26: 2nd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

July 28: 3rd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

July 31: 4th ODI, Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo

Aug 3: 5th and final ODI, Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo.