Dhawan, Saini, Pant Made Themselves Available For Vijay Hazare Trophy
By CricShots - Sep 17, 2019 6:20 pm
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The Indian cricketers, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan and Navdeep Saini have made themselves available for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy which is scheduled to be played from September 24 to October 13, Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) confirmed about the same on their official Twitter account. 

Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant 

All three cricketers are part of the Indian team in either ODIs, T20Is, or Tests and their availability for a domestic tournament will certainly strengthen Delhi’s chances going into the country’s premier one-day tournament.  The India team’s international schedule makes Shikhar and Nvadeep available for the entire tournament as they are only part of T20 squad but that is not the case with Pant as he will also feature in the Test series against South Africa which starts on October 2.

Commencing the cricketers for their decision, DDCA President Rajat Sharma said: “It’s really heartening to see that Rishabh, Shikhar, and Navdeep opted to play for Delhi at first available opportunity. Virat and Ishant also want to help Delhi cricket and I am sure they will also take the field whenever possible. It was a promise they made to all Delhi cricket fans at the Annual Awards recently. It shows that DDCA and the players are on the same page to take Delhi cricket to greater heights and win titles.”

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DDCA took to Twitter to make the announcement of the trio’s availability and said that the senior selection committee will finalize the Delhi squad shortly. Former stars like Sunil Gavaskar have always been vocal about how India players should be a part of domestic tournaments when not playing for the country.

Sharma further said, “If the Indian team has to do well, players have to be in prime form and for that, they have to play cricket.”

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Currently, the Indian team is hosting the South African team for a three-match T20I series out of which the first one has been washed out due to rain in Dharamsala and the second T20I is scheduled to take place in Mohali on Wednesday. The T20I series will be followed by a three-match Test series.