India can do well in Windies: Fletcher

Updated: 31 May 2011 20:51 IST

India's newly-appointed coach Duncan Fletcher said on Tuesday the team had the potential to perform well on its upcoming tour of the West Indies despite missing key players.

India can do well in Windies: Fletcher
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India's newly-appointed coach Duncan Fletcher said on Tuesday the team had the potential to perform well on its upcoming tour of the West Indies despite missing key players.

"There is a lot of talent in India and my job is to prepare these youngsters," said former Zimbabwean all-rounder Fletcher, who was named coach last month.

"India have a plan to stay at the top. The young players have the potential and this tour will show the depth of talent we have. But any team playing at home is difficult to beat so we should not be complacent."

India are without Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh for a five-match one-day series starting in Trinidad on June 6.

Batting superstar Tendulkar, World Cup-winning captain Dhoni and paceman Zaheer have been rested while openers Gambhir and Sehwag, and all-rounder Yuvraj are unfit.

Fletcher said he had followed a rotation policy when he was the England coach.

"While I was in England, I started the rotation policy resting senior guys and was criticised. It's important to do that considering the heavy schedule. We need to look into the matter as we go into the future," he said.

Stand-in India captain Suresh Raina said the tour was a good opportunity for youngsters to show their talent.

"It's a great opportunity for the youngsters who have done well in domestic cricket and I hope they will do well," said Raina.

"I am really honoured to be leading the side. I am happy with the side as we have some very good batsmen in Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Subramaniam Badrinath and Shikhar Dhawan who have done well in first-class cricket."

The Caribbean tour opens with a one-off Twenty20 international in Trinidad on June 4. India will also play three Tests after the one-day series.

T20 and one-day squad: Suresh Raina (capt), Harbhajan Singh (vice-capt), Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Subramaniam Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha.

Topics : Cricket India in West Indies, 2011 Duncan Fletcher India West Indies
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