India will be touring Zimbabwe for three ODIs and two T20 international matches in June. The selectors are in a frame of mind to pick some young and fresh talents for this short tour.
As it is already known, BCCI's national selection committee are set to rest big names like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and a couple of more players for this tour of Zimbabwe. But little does one know about India limited overs captain MS Dhoni's availability for this series.
The committee, led by former India cricketer Sandeep Patil, is going to leave it to Dhoni to take a call on his availability for the tour of Zimbabwe.
Dhoni may not get to play any limited overs cricket until March 2017 as there are no ODI or T20 series assigned for India in the upcoming season. They will be playing 17 Test matches under the leadership of Kohli.
"Yes, it is true that selectors have spoken to some of the senior Indian players intimating them that they would be looking at juniors during this tour. While Virat Kohli , Rohit Sharma , Shikhar Dhawan were set to be rested, there were some seniors, who had made themselves available for the tour. But selectors told them that only exception may be made for Dhoni, who no longer plays Test cricket," a top BCCI source was quoted as saying by PTI.
"The selection committee has left it completely on Dhoni to decide whether he wants to go or not. He is free to opt out as he has also played a lot of cricket but if he does not go, he will not have a single limited overs assignment till March next year. In case Dhoni is reluctant, then Ajinkya Rahane is the likely choice to lead the side."
"Also Zimbabwe is a nine-day trip with all matches being held at the same venue (Harare Sports Club ground). It will not be hectic in terms of traveling also."
Some of the fresh names like Murugan Ashwin, Krunal Pandya, KL Rahul and a few more might make the cut for this series. BCCI are yet to announce the squad for this tour and it is likely that they will announce it after the conclusion of the ongoing season of IPL.