Friday 30 May 2008 

India Name Yusuf Pathan And Pragyan Ojha In Squad

India have named uncapped players Yusuf Pathan and Pragyan Ojha in their squad for the Tri-Nation One Day International Series in Bangladesh next month and the Asia Cup in Pakistan.

Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out with a groin injury, Harbhajan Singh is serving a suspension while Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly continue to be ignored by the selectors. Neither player played as India beat Australia to take the CB Series earlier this year.

Pathan, 25, joins younger half-brother and all-rounder Irfan in the squad while 21-year-old left-arm spinner Ojha has been in impressive form for India A, and the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League. Pathan has scored swift runs playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the tournament and played in the ICC World Twenty20 final. Batsman Suresh Raina has also been recalled after a lengthy absence.

Pakistan is the other team in the Tri-Nations tournament, which runs from June 8-14, while Hong Kong, UAE and Sri Lanka also compete in the Asia Cup in Pakistan from June 24 to July 6.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain, wicket-keeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh

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