There was a lot of buzzes as BCCI canceled the Duleep Trophy but with the awkward and sudden turn of events it was included back and the tournament is going to start soon.
In the first match on Thursday, India Red will face India Green at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium, which will host its first first-class match. Parthiv Patel will lead India Green and he thinks this is a great opportunity for domestic players.
It is long back that Parthiv actually appeared with team India Jersey and with the start of the new domestic season he is positive of a comeback.
“I don’t agree with the loyalty issue. Everyone is gunning for a place in the India team and everyone will be looking to give his best performance,” said Patel, who confirmed that spinner Parvez Rasool won’t be available for the match.
Indian Red team captain Dinesh Karthik who was included in the squad for Champions Trophy 2011 also said that a good performance would bring the players to notice. “It’s the beginning of the season and everyone would try to give his 100 percent,” he said.
Skipper Abhinav Mukund has been replaced by Prithvi Shaw as he is suffering from dengue, whereas speedster Varun Aron makes it to the side as a replacement for Dhawal Kulkarni.
India Green: Murali Vijay, Ravikumar Samarth, Prashant Chopra, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Ankit Bawne, Parthiv Patel (c), Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Siddarth Kaul, Mayank Dagar, Nitin Saini, Aniket Choudhary.
India Red: Priyank Panchal, Sudip Chatterjee, Ishank Jaggi, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik (c), Rishabh Pant, Baba Indrajith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Basil Thampi, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Chama Milind and Prithvi Shaw.