After two drawn first-class matches, India A and New Zealand A are all set to lock horns in a series of three one-dayers, the first of which will be played at the ACA-VDCA Stadium on Sunday (September 8).
With the national selectors likely to keep a close eye on the matches - the selection committee meeting ahead of the limited-overs series against West Indies A is slated for Tuesday - performance will most certainly be the buzzword in the Indian camp.
Unmukt Chand, who takes over as captain from Abhishek Nayar, has another opportunity to make amends after disappointing returns in the two first-class outings. In the absence of some of the more experienced players such as Nayar, the inclusion of Robin Uthappa will bolster the team's batting. Uthappa and Rahul Sharma, the legspinner, are the only two players in the squad to have played for the national team.