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Chance for Indian youngsters to impress selectors: Rahul Dravid

"It will be an exciting series because it will provide our players to perform against international Bangladeshi players," India A coach Rahul Dravid said.

Press Trust of India |September 15, 2015, 10:36 PM IST
Chance for Indian youngsters to impress selectors: Rahul Dravid

Bengaluru: Anticipating an exciting ODI series against the visiting Bangladesh A team, India A coach Rahul Dravid on Tuesday said that the three matches will provide a good platform for young Indian players to impress the national selectors.

"It will be an exciting series because it will provide our players to perform against international Bangladeshi players. They have only one uncapped player and rest are all international. We should welcome it. I think it will give our players an opportunity to impress national selectors," Dravid told reporters ahead of the first ODI between India A and Bangladesh A at Chinnaswamy stadium.

In June though the Indian senior team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni suffered a 1-2 loss against Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series, but Dravid insists the disappointing result will not put pressure on the youngsters, who would be facing many an international Bangladesh player in the 'A' team.

"Our players will not be worried about the loss against Bangladesh. They would not like to add extra pressure of thinking about it. Already they are under pressure to perform well," he said.

Dravid also opines that the the three matches will provide ample opportunity for senior batsman Suresh Raina to get match fit before the all-important South Africa series.

Meanwhile visiting captain Mominul Haque insists that the young side will not rest on the laurels of the senior team but will try to take the victory process forward.

"We are here to continue our winning streak, not to muse over our success against India back home," said Haque.

Bangladesh A coach Heath Streak said it is a great opportunity for Bangladesh to make progress by playing against a good Indian side.

"It is a great chance for Bangladesh to progress - to gain experience and play in different condition outside Bangladesh," said the former Zimbabwe pacer.

Streak also informed that there are no injury concerns in the side and hoped it remains the same till the end of the series.

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