With Virender Sehwag already out of action following his shoulder surgery after his Indian Premier League stint, the depleted squad’s hopes in the lone Twenty20 match and five ODIs will depend on how much spirit the younger set of players, particularly batsmen, show in the Caribbean.
Skipper MS Dhoni and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan with Sachin Tendulkar were already rested for the first part of the campaign.
If the poor organisation in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was exposed in the way the Gambhir and Yuvraj cases were handled, there was more confusion when the national selectors named the 16-member squad on Friday for the Test series.
Board secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement that Tendulkar - who had opted out of the limited overs series - will now skip the entire tour to spend some time with his family. Tendulkar will return for the series to that country that follows the Caribbean tour and will have the opportunity to score his 100th international ton there as well.
The silver-lining was the inclusion of Delhi batsman Shikhar Dhawan and Bengal's Manoj Tiwary to fill the big shoes of Gambhir and Yuvraj in the ODI squad. Suresh Raina will lead in the first leg with Harbhajan Singh as his deputy. Young Tamil Nadu batsman Abhinav Mukund is a new face in the Test squad.