BCCI looking ahead by resting Big Three?

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid have been left out of the Challenger series in Ahmedabad that begins on October 25. The BCCI says they have been rested; but if the wagging tongues are to be believed, this is a strong signal about their future in One-Day cricket.

Team India arrived in Nagpur for the sixth game against the world champions. But once the series is over for the big three, they can return home and watch the next generation sweat it out at the Challenger Series.

Should too much be read though between the lines; now that they have been left out? No, says the BCCI.

“All of them have been rested for the Challenger Trophy. And as the Pakistan series is coming up, the selectors decided to rest all these players,” says BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah.

But do they really need the rest? After all, the ‘Big Three’ had their feet up throughout the T20 World Cup and have only just returned for the Australia series.

“Where is the break they are getting? They have been playing all the time. It’s a good idea to find new talent,” says India’s former cricket manager Chandu Borde.

The selectors have given the fringe players a chance to shine again. Virender Sehwag will captain India Blue; Mohammad Kaif will lead India Red and Parthiv Patel will lead the Greens, after what has been a stunning domestic season with the bat and gloves.

“The Challenger Trophy is the biggest tournament in Indian domestic cricket. And if I perform well, I will definitely have a great chance to come back into the Indian team,” says Parthiv Patel.
The three teams feature a number of younger players while skipper MS Dhoni, his deputy Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan have been given a rest.