Quadrangular Under-19 Series September 21, 2011

Chand named captain of India Under-19 squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Delhi's Unmukt Chand has been named captain of the India Under-19 squad for the quadrangular series in Visakhapatnam replacing Maharashtra's Ankit Bawne, who was named captain at the time of the announcement of the squad on September 18. A release from the BCCI stated there was a discrepancy between Bawne's date of birth as mentioned in the BCCI's database and his passport, following which he was omitted from the squad.

Chand made his Ranji Trophy debut last season, and scored a century against Railways in his fourth match. An aggressive opener, he was signed by Delhi Daredevils for the IPL but played only two games. Karnataka's Shreyas Gopal was included in the squad in place of Bawne.

Jharkhand's Kumar Deobrat is the vice-captain while Sandeep Sharma from Punjab and Mumbai's Harmeet Singh are the only two players in the squad who were at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand last year, when India finished sixth.

Harmeet, a left-arm spinner, impressed in his first two Ranji Trophy matches in 2009-10, taking 12 wickets, and then bagged his first five-for in the 2010-11 season. Also in the squad is Delhi left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra, who took 18 wickets in the 2010-11 Ranji season. Deobrat score 191 runs at an average of 63.66 and strike-rate of 84.51 during Jharkhand's successful campaign in the 2010-11 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The tournament will also feature Under-19 teams from Australia, West Indies and Sri Lankato and will be be played between September 27 and October 9.

Squad: Unmukt Chand (captain), Kumar Deobrat (vice-captain), Akhil Herwadkar, Baba Apparajith, Hanuma Vihari, Smit Patel, Akshdeep Nath, Vikas Mishra, Harmeet Singh, Kamal Passi, Rush Kalaria, Mohsin Sayyad, Sandeep Sharma, Manan Vohra, Shreyas Gopal

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  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    How is Harmeet Singh and Under-19 player?

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Nikhil Gangta should have been in the squad. He is a very talented cricketer and would have provided balance to the side. Moreover, I think he did enough to deserve selection through his performances in the Cooch Behar trophy earlier this year.

  • Magesh on September 19, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Where are the guys from south of india? I dont see any tamil brahmin name included in this list!

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @Mr Satish Mishra.First Know what Ankeet is.He was the strongest Contender for the U-19 World cup with an Average of 99 in that season.And he was among few players in U-19 World cup Probebles who also plyed for there sate side in Ranji.But hte he was not included in World Cup squard.And according to the game he can adopt it.He is natural agressive batsman.I Know him and i have seen him from the beganing of his carrer.He is atalent to watch.And see he will prove it.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Not even a mention of the pace bowlers ! :(

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Harmeet Singh is 19 years and 11 days old, so how does he qualify to be under 19? There must be another interpretation to under 19, then.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Ankit Bawne as skipper was astonishing. One get bewildered to see how a longer format player is purposely drafted and handed over captaincy. In fact he is not at all suited for ODI. Captain has be thinker of same mould and should be capable of setting a example. Delhi & Daredevils's Unmukt chand would have been a idle choice. Young lad with aggressive bat and balanced mind.

  • P Subramani on September 18, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    I think the last three named are pace bowlers. But they have not done something extraordinary till now which is probably why they have not been highlighted. At their age I do not think they could be tearaways like Kamran Khan who played for Rajasthan Royals was.But one never knows. There could be a real quickie lurking. For some reason,in India they are all referred to as medium pacers or trundlers or military medium purveyors, whatever the last term means/

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    I was very eager to see the name of M.Ayyazuddin in the list,But god had his own list else where.Really I felt very sorry for that.

  • Jayaesh on September 18, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    I agree with Binu Joseph coments regarding fast bowlers.......Sandeep sharma n Rush Karalia r not quick....don't know abt Mohisin Syed n Kamal passi while R.Kalaria is supposed to be an allrounder although his batting skills are rather limited.....Selection of Smeet Patel n Ankit bawne are questionable cos there batting is not suited to shorter formats......One unlucky guy to miss out was Nikhil Gangta of H.P he is one hell of an explosive batsman with shots all round the ground.....he was there in the list of 20 probables.....

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