Duleep Trophy schedule and teams announced: Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel and Abhinav Mukund named captains – Duleep Trophy will take place from September 7 to 29 with two matches each to be played in Lucknow and Kanpur.
Suresh Raina will captain the India Blue side. (PTI file photo)
BCCI has announced the schedule and squads for the prestigious Duleep Trophy which will take place from September 7 to 29.
The tournament was initially scrapped this year by a senior BCCI official but was brought back by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) after former Indian captain and chairman of the technical committee of the CoA Sourav Ganguly wrote a letter saying that he was kept in the dark about the scrapping.
Pinks balls will be used in the tournament.
The tournament which began way back in the 1961-62 season consists of teams which represent different geographical zones of India.
Abhinav Mukund, Parthiv Patel, and Suresh Raina were named the captains of India Red, Green, and Blue respectively.
India Red have Rishabh Pant in their side. Youngsters such as Ishank Jaggi, Basil Thampi and Karn Sharma are also part of this side. They will also have services of experience duo of Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu.
India Green have Shreyas Iyer, Ravikumar Samarth and Mohammed Siraj in their side with Murali Vijay and Karun Nair to provide the much needed experience.
India Blue have included youngsters such as Ishan Kishan and Kaushik Gandhi with the ever experienced Suresh Raina captaining the side.
The fixtures will take place in Lucknow and Kanpur, with the former hosting the final between September 25-29.
Here is the schedule:
1st Match: India Red v/s India Green- September 7 to 10 (Lucknow)
2nd Match: India Red v/s India Blue- September 13 to 16 (Kanpur)
3rd Match: India Green v/s India Blue- September 19 to 22 (Kanpur)
Final: September 25 to 29 (Lucknow)
India Red: Abhinav Mukund (captain), Priyank Panchal, Sudip Chatterjee, Ishank Jaggi, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Baba Indrajith, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Basil Thampi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ashok Dinda, Rahul Singh, CV Milind.
India Green: Murali Vijay, R Samarth, P Chopra, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Ankit Bawne, Parthiv Patel (C and wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, Parvez Rasool, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Dagar, Nitin Saini, Aniket Choudhary.
India Blue: Suresh Raina (captain), Samit Gohel, KS Bharat, AR Easwaran, Manoj Tiwary, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Ishan Kishan (wk), Jayant Yadav, Bharghav Bhatt, KM Gandhi, Ishant Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot, S Kamat, Jaydev Unadkat.