Hyderabad: Test cricketer VVS Laxman will lead Hyderabad who would be fielding a relatively new team in the first match against last year's runners up Bengal in the Elite Group-B Super Ranji Trophy cricket championship league to be held at Eden Gardens from Nov 4 to 7.
Laxman, Arjun Yadav, Pragyan Ojha and Daniel Manohar apart, all the other members of the squad are relatively inexperienced.
While opener D Ravi Teja had played five matches and represented India-A. M P Arjun (3 Ranji matches), Anoop Pai (2 matches) and Amol Shinde (2 matches) are the other new players.
However, Laxman, who is expected to be busy playing for India in Test matches, may be available for the Ranji outings for only two games, both away matches against Bengal and Punjab. Arjun Yadav has been named vice-captain for the team.
Hyderabad would be hoping that Teja and Arjun would be building on their strong debut last season. Teja, a right-hand opening batsman, scored a fine 84 against Maharashtra and Arjun, the right-arm medium-pacer took four wickets against reigning champions Mumbai, in his debut match.
The squad: VVS Laxman (captain), Arjun Yadav, DB Ravi Teja, S Daniel Manohar, S Anoop Pai, Amol Shinde, Habeeb Ahmed (wk), Pragyan Ojha, Praneet Arjun, S M Shoaib, Ashwin Yadav, A Lalith Mohan, Vishal Sharma, Mohammad Ahmed Shakeer and Danny Dereck Prince.
Ex-Katk opener Arun Kumar named Goan captain: The Goa Cricket Association (GCA) today announced a 14-member team for the Ranji Trophy cricket match to be played against Haryana from Nov 3 - 6 at the Margao Cricket Club Ground in South Goa, reports UNI from Goa.
GCA secretary Chetan Desai, who is also convenor of the selection committee, named J Arun Kumar as captain of the team. The team was announced for the first two matches, Desai added.
Team: J Arun Kumar (captain), Swapnil Asnodkar, Rohit Asnodkar, Sagun Kamat, Manoj Joglekar, Ajay Ratra (wk), Saurabh Bandekar, Robin D' Souza, Shadab Jakati, Aditya Angle, Harshad Gadekar, Ryan D'Souza, Aniket Desai and Sahil Dhuri. Coach: Dodda Ganesh. Manager: Dattaram Shetgaonkar. Trainer: Jeeth Devaiah and Physio: Pinakin Ayare.