Bangladesh will be hoping to start the series brightly and end a run of seven straight defeats in 2014, which includes their miserable Asia Cup performance, while an under-strength India, led by Suresh Raina, will have plenty of youngsters looking to make a name for themselves ahead of next year's World Cup.
Date: Sunday, June 15
Time: 8 a.m. BST/7 a.m. GMT
Live on: Ghazi TV, BTV, Channel 9: (Bangladesh), Star Cricket, Super Sports, Star Sport: (India, Pakistan), Ten Sports: (Pakistan, UAE & Other Asian Countries), PTV Sports: (Pakistan) and Sky Highlights: (Australia, England, South Africa & other European Countries)
Weather: According to the Weather Channel there will be thunderstorms overnight in Dhaka, but these will clear by the 11 a.m. local start time, by which point it will be cloudy and humid with temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius. There will be spots of sunshine from around 2 p.m., with temperatures rising to 34 degrees Celsius.
Like England before them, India are using their trip to Bangladesh as a chance to rest senior players and give experience to a potential future captain, a decision that has caused some debate following stinging criticism meted out the young Tigers' skipper Mushfiqur Rahim.
Suresh Raina leads a squad shorn of regular skipper MS Dhoni and leading batsman Virat Kohli as well as Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. In their place, a number of young Indians will look to make their mark, with many earning their spot on the back of impressive IPL performances. Their inclusion has helped to instill some excitement and intrigue into a series that might otherwise have been a foregone conclusion from an Indian perspective.
India's squad for the Bangladesh tour sounds exciting! Suresh Raina (C), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 29, 2014
IPL Orange Cap winner Robin Uthappa is the least surprising call-up and will hope to take his remarkable consistency into the longer limited overs format, while Wriddhiman Saha is preferred to Dhoni's usual deputy Dinesh Karthik and comes into the side fresh from smashing the first ever ton in an IPL Final.
For Bangladesh, the weakened India side represents a chance to put things right after a rotten run of seven consecutive defeats in 2014. This run includes defeat to Afghanistan in a winless Asia Cup campaign and has placed captain Mushfiqur Rahim under pressure, despite his own good form with the bat.
Last year looked like it could have been something of a watershed for Bangladesh after a drawn Test series with New Zealand was followed by a convincing 3-0 whitewash in the ODIs, but 2014 has shown that to be a false dawn.
Runs have not been the main problem, with decent first innings totals of 279/7 and 326/3 posted against India and Pakistan respectively in the Asia Cup, but they were unable to defend either. Rahim, Monimul Haque and Anamul Haque have all been relatively consistent, contributing six 50s and two centuries in defeat between them and many more scores in the 40s this year.
Bangladesh will hope that the recent acquisition of Heath Streak as bowling coach can bring similar success and consistency to the bowling ranks. All eyes will be on the usually ineffective pace department, which features the improving Al-Amin Hossain, who is recalled to the ODI side after impressing in patches during the World T20, and tall, young and quick Taskin Ahmed.
Ahmed burst on to the scene in Bangladesh with four wickets in three balls as a 17-year-old playing in the Bangladesh Premier League last year, and under the tutelage of Zimbabwe legend Streak, he will hope to make eye-catching progress in his maiden ODI series.
Fresh from contributing to the Kolkata Knight Riders' IPL victory, Shakib Al Hasan is Bangladesh's one truly world-class player, boasting over 3,500 runs and 150 wickets in his 133 ODIs to date. Offering control and guile with the ball and a calculated brand of aggression with the bat, Shakib can help keep things tight as well as fire a run chase when needed.
With such an inexperienced side, Suresh Raina has a huge role to play beyond his potentially explosive batting, but he will be looking to Robin Uthappa to continue where he left off in the IPL and lay the platform that could give younger and less experienced talents the freedom to flourish.
Mushfiqur Rahim (captain/wicketkeeper), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mithun Ali, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Ziaur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.
Suresh Raina (captain), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma and Amit Mishra.
All stats via ESPN Cricinfo unless otherwise mentioned.
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