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Asia Cup team to be named today

Shamik Chakrabarty

Posted: Feb 29, 2012 at 0140 hrs IST

Kolkata: With the Asia Cup kicking off within days of the end of a long tour of Australia, Wednesday’s selection meeting is likely to discuss the issue of resting a few senior players. Skipper MS Dhoni, except for the ODIs against West Indies, has played almost non-stop since the World Cup, and is understood to be one of the players who might be consulted on whether or not he wants to play in Bangladesh. The selectors may also give Sachin Tendulkar the option of skipping the tournament.

The 15-member squad is likely to include eight batsmen, four seamers and three spinners. In case both Tendulkar and Dhoni are rested, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara, Robin Uthappa and Surya Kumar Yadav are few of the names that are likely to come up. In the pace bowling department, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel and Ashok Dinda will compete for the slots. Vinay Kumar’s hamstring strain, however, makes him a doubtful starter.

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