India vs Sri Lanka: Naman Ojha to lead Board President's XI against visitors in two-day warm-up tie

Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha will lead a third string Board President's XI squad against Sri Lanka in a two-day warm-up tie, scheduled to be played in Kolkata from 11 November.

PTI, Oct 23, 2017 14:31:51 IST

Mumbai: Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha will lead a third string Board President's XI squad against Sri Lanka in a two-day warm-up tie, scheduled to be played in Kolkata from 11 November.

The 13-member squad primarily comprises of players from four states -- Hyderabad, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab as these are the teams, which won't feature during the fifth round of the Ranji Trophy.

File image of Naman Ojha. Image courtesy: Twitter @BCCIdomestic

File image of Naman Ojha. Image courtesy: Twitter @BCCIdomestic

India A and U-19 coach Rahul Dravid has made it clear that Ranji Trophy is sacrosanct and players should be playing for their state teams.

The same pattern was followed recently when the national selectors named two India A squads for series against New Zealand A, so as the players do not have to skip Ranji games.

The squad includes out-of-favour Kerala batsman Sanju Samson as well. Punjab opener Jiwanjot Singh too finds a place in the team. He recently led Punjab in their opening encounter of Ranji Trophy against Himachal Pradesh in absence of captain Harbhajan Singh and vice-captain Yuvraj Singh.

Selectors also decided to give a chance to Punjab batsman Abhishek Gupta, who scored a double century in his first-class debut in the season opener against Himachal Pradesh.

B Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal and Rohan Prem are the other members in the batting department.

The pace department consists of Hyderabad's left-arm pacer Chama Milind, Sandeep Warrier from Kerala and Avesh Khan from Madhya Pradesh. Avesh has been part of Board President's XI set-up during the warm-up games against New Zealand and Australia.

MP all-rounder Jalaj Saxena, who now plays for Kerala, will lead the spin department, assisted by Hyderabad's leg- spinner Akash Bhandari.

Squad: Naman Ojha (C)(WK), Sanju Samson, Jiwanjot Singh, B Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal, Abhishek Gupta, Rohan Prem, Akash Bhandari, Jalaj Saxena, Chama Milind, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Ravi Kiran.

Updated Date: Oct 23, 2017 14:31:51 IST







Top Stories

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5007 116
2 New Zealand 3570 108
3 South Africa 4397 105
4 Australia 4566 104
5 England 5490 104
6 Sri Lanka 4737 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 7259 123
2 India 8508 120
3 New Zealand 6071 112
4 South Africa 6181 112
5 Australia 4951 103
6 Pakistan 4872 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 5280 135
2 India 5726 122
3 Australia 3613 120
4 England 2737 119
5 South Africa 2960 118
6 New Zealand 3367 116