Last year, when India toured Bangladesh, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had decided to sent a second-string side. The seniors were rested and Suresh Raina was given the responsibility to lead the side. But this time, as India gear up for another tour to Bangladesh, the BCCI is planning to send a full strength side.
If sources in the BCCI are to be believed, then the leave applications filed by the senior cricketers could also be turned down by the Board. In their recent series against Pakistan, the Bangladesh side did put up a brave show, and a section of the BCCI officials feel that sending second-string side could lead to embarrassment for India as well.
But then, will captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni be given a rest, or will he have to travel with the team too? The BCCI seems to be a house divided on this issue. While, a group of officials feel that the ODI captain should travel with the team, the other group wants Dhoni to be rested.
There was huge controversy after India had defeated Bangladesh in the World Cup, and it subsequently led to Mustafa Kamal stepping down from ICC presidentship. And as the two teams lock horns again, tempers could fly off the field, which remains an area of concern for BCCI.
The official team selection meeting will be held next week, but a final call on sending the seniors to Bangladesh will be taken after BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur meets Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on Friday.