Vinay leads a strong Karnataka presence in the 15-man squad. There are seven from the state while four are from Tamil Nadu. Kerala's three (Rohan Prem, CP Shahid and Sandeep Warrier) and Hyderabad's Akshath Reddy are the others.
South Zone will face West Zone in Chennai in the lone quarter-final of the tournament from October 3. The first semi-final is between East and North Zones in Kochi from October 10. The winner of quarter-final will meet Central Zone in second semi in Chennai from October 10.
The final is from October 17 in Kochi.
South Zone Squad: R Vinay Kumar (captain), Abhinav Mukund (vice-captain), Robin Uthappa, Baba Aparajith, KL Rahul, CM Gautam (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Abhimanyu Mithun, HS Sharath, Malolan Rangarajan, Aushik Srinivas, Akshath Reddy, Rohan Prem, Sandeep Warrier, CP Shahid.
Duleep Trophy Fixtures
October 3-6: Quarterfinal, South Zone Vs West Zone in Chennai
October 10-13: 1st Semi-final - East Zone Vs North Zone in Kochi
October 10-13: 2nd Semi-final - Central Zone Vs South/West in Chennai
October 17-21: Final in Kochi