Pujara and Umesh likely to play for India A before the Test series against Bangladesh
Umesh Yadav (Source: Twitter)
In what could be pivotal news for the Indian camp, ace batter Cheteshwar Pujara and quick Umesh Yadav are set to be included in India A squad for the Bangladesh tour. India will be touring their neighbours for three ODIs and two Tests in December.
Ahead of the international matches, both nations will be involved in the A series which will see them playing two four-day games. The squad will travel to Bangladesh on 20th November and are expected to play preparatory matches between 24th November and 5th December.
In all certainty, Pujara might be given the responsibility to lead the side. Giving adequate match practice and helping them adapt to the conditions are cited as the prime reasons for sending the players ahead of the tour.
Both Pujara and Yadav are in the main 16-man squad for the series along with KS Bharat, who might also be drafted in to play in the A games. Another name in the reckoning, Sarfaraz Khan in all likelihood, will get the nod to feature with Abhimanyu Easwaran making a claim too.
From the opposition camp, Mominul Haque, the former captain and Mahmudul Hasan could be playing against India A.
India's squad for Bangladesh ODIs: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ishan Kishan (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Yash Dayal
India's squad for Bangladesh Tests: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav.