Test discards get one more chance to impress selectors

Published: Monday, March 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Nagpur:Test hopefuls Mohd Kaif, Murali Kartik and Dinesh Mongia would have a golden chance to catch the selectors' attention when the five-day final of the Duleep Trophy between North Zone and Central Zone gets under way at VCA ground in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Along with this trio, who have represented the country at the highest level, other youngsters would also vie to grab the honours in the title-clash to decide the country's inter-zonal champions.

North, led by Mongia, made it to the final with a tally of 8 points, gained by virtue of victories over West and South.

Central - led by Kaif and with Kartik in their ranks - made the grade with 6 points to their credit gained by virtue of beating East outright and having taken the first innings lead over Bangladesh Board XI.

The sporting track prepared for the final should provide a good contest between the bat and the ball and the match is expected to be keenly contested despite the fact that the fans' attention would be riveted at the battle starting on Tuesday in Mohali between India and Pakistan.

Kaif, who is expected to reach Nagpur late on Monday, would be especially keen to prove a point to the selectors who gave his middle order rival Yuvraj Singh the spot in the team chosen for the first Test.

The UP captain comes on the back of an unbeaten 49 scored for the Board President's XI against the visiting Pakistanis in the tour opener in Dharamsala and would be eager to keep the momentum going.

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