Dilip had been given a short break after India’s T20 World Cup campaign, and will now travel with the India A-team and then join the national team for the Tests in Bangladesh; the Shadow ‘A’ tour overlaps with the three ODI series which begins on December 4. Rahul Dravid and the rested senior players are set to return after being given a rest for the limited series in New Zealand.
The ‘A’ team, led by Abhimanyu Easwaran, touched down in Dhaka on Saturday and held their first training session in the coastal city of Cox’s Bazar, which will host the first four-day match from 29 November. The second four-day match will be played from December 6-9 in Sylhet.
The tour was scheduled in such a way that most of the India A players, barring those selected to stay for the two-match Test series, would return home in time to be part of their state teams’ preparations for the start of the Ranji Trophy. on December 13.
Saurabh has been on the sidelines of the national team since February last year, following excellent results since the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy. Most recently, he was part of the India A team against New Zealand, where he picked up nine wickets in the series to help the Indians win 1-0.
Before that, he played a key role in Uttar Pradesh’s run to the Ranji Trophy semi-final. In all, in 12 Ranji Trophy games from two full seasons, Saurabh has an impressive tally of 58 wickets.