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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Dinesh Karthik to lead Tamil Nadu, all-rounder Vijay Shankar named vice-captain

However, the team will be without the services of seasoned India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar and T Natarajan, who are away in Australia on national duty.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Dinesh Karthik to lead Tamil Nadu, all-rounder Vijay Shankar named vice-captain

File image of Dinesh Karthik. AFP

Chennai: Out-of-favour India player Dinesh Karthik will lead Tamil Nadu in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament, to be held in Kolkata from 10 January.

File image of Dinesh Karthik. AFP

File image of Dinesh Karthik. AFP

All-rounder Vijay Shankar has been named Karthik's deputy.

The 35-year Karthik will spearhead a squad that is a mix of experience and youth.

However, the team will be without the services of seasoned India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar and T Natarajan, who are away in Australia on national duty.

The state senior selection committee headed by former skipper S Vasudevan picked a 20-member squad keeping in mind the requirements owing to the COVID-19 protocols.

Medium-pacer Aswin Crist returns to the state side after a gap of three years due to injuries while Sandeep Warrier, who has shifted from Kerala, is also a part of the team.

The team also includes spinners M Ashwin, R Sai Kishore and M Siddharth.

A few days ago, veteran batsman Murali Vijay had pulled out of the team due to personal reasons while medium-pacer K Vignesh, who tested positive for coronavirus, was replaced by all-rounder RS Jaganath Sinivas.

The chairman of selectors, Vasudevan, said the squad is a balanced one.

"It is a very balanced team and has a mix of experience and youth," he told PTI.

Tamil Nadu had lost in the final of the 2018-19 edition to Karnataka.

Vasudevan said he expected the team to do well in the upcoming edition, adding the players were well prepared.

"The players are well prepared and I expect the team to do well in the Mushtaq Ali tournament. I am confident that they (team) will perform well," he added.

The team will have a camp beginning on Thursday and will take part in practice matches. The team is expected to leave for Kolkata on 2 January.

Tamil Nadu are placed in Elite Group B.

Squad: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Vijay Shankar (vice-captain), B Aparajith, B Indrajith, M Shahrukh Khan, C Hari Nishaanth, KB Arun Karthik, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, N Jagadeesan, Aswin Crist, M Mohammed, G Periyasamy, Sandeep Warrier, J Kousik, R Sonu Yadav, M Ashwin, R Sai Kishore, M Siddharth, L Suryapprakash, RS Jaganath Sinivas.

Updated Date: December 23, 2020 20:37:31 IST

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