With VVS Laxman away with the national duty in New Zealand and Rahul Dravid being with the senior side for the ODI series, the Indian A side will be accompanied by former Saurashtra batter Shitanshu Kotak, National Cricket Academy (NCA) coach Troy Cooley and India’s fielding coach T Dilip have been entrusted with the responsibility of the Indian A side in a tour of Bangladesh for a couple of four-day games.
The India-A side, led by Abhimanyu Easwaran, will play a couple of four-day games - from November 29 to December 2 and again from December 6 to 9 - that will overlap the ODI series between India and Bangladesh senior teams. India’s ODI and Test side have gone full strength with Rohit Sharma leading both formats. They will leave for Bangladesh on December 1, and will take on Bangladesh in three ODIs and a couple of Tests, starting December 1.
With Ravindra Jadeja not recovering as quick as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expected, the board has named the talented Bengal all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed as his replacement. Ahmed made his India debut earlier in the year, against South Africa where he picked up three wickets, averaging 28.66.
On the other hand, the board announced the talented speedster Kuldeep Sen as the replacement for the injured left-arm pacer Yash Dayal. Sen was impressive during the last IPL season, with the Royals. Dayal’s lower back issue has ruled him out of the three-match series.
The selectors have rewarded the likes of Atit Sheth, Rohan Kunnummal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Yash Dhull and Tilak Varma with a berth in the India A side with veterans such as Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav too being part of the setup for the second four-day game.