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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 15 June 2014 - 12:31pm IST

Need to try players before World Cup: Raina

India’s stand-in skipper wants his team to play fearless cricket

Team India's stand-in captain Suresh Raina said the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh will be a good opportunity for trying out new players ahead of next year's ICC Cricket World Cup.

“I think it will be a good contest. Both sides are playing with young players. All these players have done well in the IPL and first-class cricket so we all are looking forward to it,” said Raina.

When asked if India were taking this series lightly, he said, “I don't think so. I think the BCCI took the right decision. You have to give chances to the youngsters. The World Cup is coming ahead and you need to try a lot of players and this will be a good opportunity.

“Some of the players are coming back to the Indian team, some of them are getting their chances. It's important to stick together and play fearless cricket. It's a good chance for some of them to cement their places in the team,” said Raina.

“It is a short tour for us, seven days, three one-dayers and no gaps in between. You have to plan very well and work really hard,” he added.