The Indian cricket team arrived in Colombo on Saturday to take part in a limited-overs tri-series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:54 IST
Colombo:The Indian cricket team led by Rahul Dravid arrived in Colombo on Saturday to take part in a limited-overs tri-series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Dravid was named as captain of the 15-member squad for the July 30-Aug 9 series after regular captain Saurav Ganguly was suspended for six matches in April due to India's persistent overrate during the home series against Pakistan. His personal appeal was rejected by the International Cricket Council. The absence of Ganguly and star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who is recuperating from elbow surgery, led to the induction of rookie batsmen Venugopala Rao and Suresh Raina in the squad. Medium-pace bowling all-rounder J P Yadav has been picked again after a short stint in the Indian squad a couple of years ago. The Indians will travel to the Buddhist pilgrim city of Dambulla to play its first match against Sri Lanka on July 30. The following day, the Indians face the West Indies before traveling back to Colombo for the remainder of the matches. The final match will be played on August 9 in Colombo. India squad: Rahul Dravid (captain), Virender Sehwag, V V S Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Venugopala Rao, Mahendra Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Laxmipathy Balaji, Ashish Nehra and J P Yadav. (AP)