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, October 23, 2017

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





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114