Yusuf, Pragyan in ODI team for Bangladesh tri-series

May 30th, 2008 - 3:07 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Consistent performances in the domestic tournaments and in the Indian Premier League (IPL) helped Yusuf Pathan and Pragyan Ojha earn one-day berths in the Indian team for next month’s tri-series in Bangladesh and the subsequent Asia Cup in Pakistan. The selectors, who met here Friday, decided to look forward by selecting a young squad for both the tournaments and ignored former captains Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, who were dropped from the one-day team during the triangular series in Australia.

Pragyan and Yusuf are the only new faces in the 15-member one-day squad. Yusuf was also a part of India’s Twenty20 World Championship winning team in South Africa last year.

Yuvraj Singh has been named as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s deputy.

Murali Kartik has been left out while Harbhajan Singh was not considered because he is still serving his five-match ban for slapping S. Sreesanth during an IPL match.

Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan had already pulled out due to injuries.

The tri-series in Bangladesh will be played June 8-14 and the Asia Cup June 24-July 6.

The squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Yuvraj Singh (vice-captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Suresh Raina, S. Sreesanth, Yusuf Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Piyush Chawla and Pragyan Ojha.

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