Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels Virat Kohli should lead the national team in the one-off Test match against Bangladesh before being rested for three-match ODI series after having had gruelling five months of international cricket.
The Indian team for the tour of Bangladesh will be selected on May 20 in Mumbai and there are reports that Kohli, who has been playing non-stop since last November in Australia, might be rested.
"I would want him to play in the Test match and then be rested for the three-match one-day series. Actually, the likes of Virat, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, who has bowled a lot, can be rested. Ideally as a player, I would want some rest as the kind of workload they have had playing for last-four-and-half months," Gavaskar told NDTV on Friday.
It could be a good idea to rest Kohli for the ODIs as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has retired from longer version will get much need two-and-half weeks of break before the ODI series starts after the one-off Test at Fatullah scheduled to be held from June 10-14.
"Dhoni obviously will get a little bit of break. Last year during this time, India sent a an 'A' team virtually and yet won the series. But that was one year back and Bangladesh have done well in recent times. They have beaten Pakistan 3-0 in the ODI series and we need to send a strong team. I believe we will see a strong ODI team being sent," Gavaskar said.
After the Test, India will engage the hosts in the ODI series from June 18-24. All the ODI matches are scheduled to be played at Mirpur on June 18, 21 and 24 (with a reserve day pencilled in).
Talks on revamping the domestic circuit
Meanwhile, the BCCI's technical committee headed by Anil Kumble is to meet in Mumbai on May 19 to take a call on the proposed changes in the domestic circuit for the next season.
In its bid to push for more results in Ranji matches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) technical committee has proposed a few changes in the points format and the number of overs bowled per day in the premier domestic tournament.
The Kumble-led committee has suggested the number of overs to be increased from 90 to 95 per day in the four and five-day games of the Ranji Trophy and also do away with the single point for salvaging a draw after conceding a lead.
These proposals were discussed at the last working committee meeting of the board held in Kolkata on April 26 and the BCCI body has asked for a final proposal to be drafted by the technical committee for its approval at its next sitting.