The selectors have called 30 players for a camp starting from Monday (September 23) in Bangalore. The four-man selection panel is headed by J Abhiram. Former India fast bowler Dodda Ganesh is also one of the selectors.
Coaches J Arun Kumar (batting) and Mansur Ali Khan (bowling) have also been retained for the new season. The duo was selected in 2012 after the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) interviewed six candidates. KSCA president Anil Kumble, secretary Javagal Srinath, Rahul Dravid, Venkatesh Prasad and Roger Binny were on the panel to appoint coaches.
Karnataka are in Group A with Mumbai, Punjab, Gujarat, Delhi, Orissa, Haryana, Vidarbha and Jharkhand. Last year, Karnataka could not progress past the quarter-final stage, losing to Saurashtra.
Vinay, who is part of the Indian ODI side, is currently playing for India A against West Indies A. Robin Uthappa is also in the list along with Stuart Binny, Manish Pandey and Abhimanyu Mithun. Former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani's son Sadiq Kirmani too is included.
Karnataka's first match is against Jharkhand from November 7 in Bangalore. The tournament begins on October 27.
Karnataka Ranji Trophy probables: R Vinay Kumar (captain), Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, Samarth R, Mayank Agarwal, Ganesh Satish, Manish Pandey, Stuart Binny, Kunal Kapoor, Amit A Verma, Karun Nair, Abhimanyu Mithun, Sharath H S, Aravind S, Appanna KP, Akshay SL, Gautham CM (wicketkeeper), Ronit More, Avinash KC, Suneel Raju, Gautham K, Suchith J, Abrar Kazi, SK Moinuddin, Shreyas Gopal, Sadiq Kirmani, Parappa Mardi, Abhishek Reddy, Anirudh Joshi, Nischal D. Batting coach: J Arun Kumar. Bowling coach: Mansur Ali Khan.
Ranji Trophy Groups
Group A: Mumbai, Punjab, Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka, Orissa, Haryana, Vidarbha, Jharkhand
Group B: Saurashtra, Services, Uttar Pradesh, Railways, Baroda, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan
Group C: Hyderabad, Maharashtra, Andhra, Assam, Kerala, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura