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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.

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Murali Kartik retires from competitive cricket

The left-arm spinner is available for this year’s CLT20

Left-arm spinner Murali Kartik on Saturday announced his retirement from competitive cricket having played eight Tests and 37 ODIs for India between 1999 and 2007.

In First-Class cricket, Kartik took 644 wickets from 203 matches, which included stints with Middlesex, Surrey and Somerset.

“I have decided to hang up my boots from all forms of competitive cricket but will honour my commitments for Kings XI Punjab during this year’s Champions League T20. I want to thank everyone for their support and felt that it is the right time to go. I have enjoyed playing this game and it has given me a lot,” Kartik said in a press conference.

“I would like to thank my parents and wife Shweta for their support, my coaches MP Singh, Gurcharan Singh and the greatest motivator of all Bishan Singh Bedi. Not to forget the influence that Maninder Singh had on my career,” Kartik added.

Asked about the high point of his career, Kartik said: “The Mumbai Test where I won the Man-of-the-Match award (7/76) will always be special as we were able to restrict an Australian side chasing 103 (107). Also when Sachin presented me with my India Test cap and Kapil Paaji (then coach) presented the India hat.”