23 Oct 2010

India to rest players against Black Caps

8:35 am on 23 October 2010

An Indian cricket official says the national team will leave senior players out of the one-day series against New Zealand starting next month.

The omissions are to prepare them for the tough tour of South Africa.

New Zealand are due to play three Tests in India from November 4t to 24th, followed by five one-day internationals from November 28 to December 10.

The last one-dayer will end just six days before India begin a three-Test series in South Africa from December 16.

The Indian board plans to send the top Test stars, possibly even skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to South Africa soon after the New Zealand Test matches end to get acclimatised to the conditions.