Team India leaves for Caribbean challenge

Mumbai. A young and inexperienced Indian cricket team left for the West Indies tour under the leadership of Suresh Raina. It is also the first assignment of Duncan Fletcher after his appointment as team India coach. Team India’s mission Caribbean looks an uphill task as the team wears a depleted look with most senior players pulling out due to injury concerns and to rest.

Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Virendra Sehwag and Gautum Gambhir will miss the complete tour, while Dhoni, Laxman, Drawid and Zaheer will join the ranks for the test series. Team India will face their first challenge after being crowned World Champions 2 months ago.

Suresh Raina, stand in captain for the lone T 20 and the one day series termed this opportunity as a turning point for him. Clad in blue team India blazer Raina said, "I feel very proud to be leading this Indian team. We have recently won the World Cup and now we have a new coach in Duncan Fletcher and we hope to do well in the West Indies."

India will play a Twenty20 in Trinidad (June 4) and five ODIs on June 6 (Trinidad), June 8 (Trinidad), June 11 (Antigua), June 13 (Antigua) and June 16 (Jamaica).

The ODI series would be followed by a three-match Test-rubber in Jamaica (June 20-June 24), Barbados (June 28-Jul 2) and Dominica (Jul 6-Jul 10).

ODI and T20 squad: Suresh Raina (capt), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh (vc), Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan.

Test squad: M S Dhoni (capt), VVS Laxman (vc), M Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel.

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