Sachin unlikely to play in Duleep Trophy opener

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Sachin Tendulkar, named captain of the West Zone team for the Duleep Trophy league opener against South Zone, is unlikely to play in the tie as it coincides with the three-day camp for Indian team members to take on visitors Sri Lanka in the forthcoming seven-match ODI series.

"All the team members selected for the first few ODIs against Sri Lanka on October 14 should attend the camp at Bangalore from October 19-21 that has been proposed by coach Greg Chappell and agreed upon by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," said Board Secretary S K Nair from Thiruvananthapuram.

"The captain as well as the other team members for the first two ODIs against Lanka, at Nagpur (October 25) and Mohali (day/night, October 28) would be chosen at Mohali after the Challenger trophy," Nair said.

Tendulkar is set to return to competitive cricket during October 10-13 Challenger Trophy after a fourth-month post operation (elbow) lay-off.

Also named in the West Zone Duleep squad to take on South from October 20-23 at Vadodara were pace bowlers Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar.

The last two are certain to be named in the Indian One-day squad and are also expected to miss the Duleep opener which has been shifted to Vadodara from Mumbai on the request of the Baroda Cricket Association.

West Zone team: Sachin Tendulkar (capt, Mum), Dhiraj Jadhav (Maha), Satyajit Parab (Bar) Wasim Jaffer (Mum), Neeraj Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk, both Guj), Sairaj Bahutule (v-capt, Maha), Ramesh Powar (Mum), Irfan Pathan (Bar), Ajit Agarkar (Mum), Zaheer Khan (Bar), Akash Christian (Guj), Vinit Indulkar (Mum), Jaydev Shah (Sau) and Rakesh Patel (Bar).

Coach: Balwinder Singh Sandhu.

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