NKP Salve Challenger Trophy September 29, 2011

Harbhajan, Badrinath and Gambhir captains in Challenger Trophy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who has been dropped from the India team for the first two ODIs of the five-match home series against England, has been named the captain of the India Green squad for the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy. Gautam Gambhir, who is back in action following the concussion he suffered in England, will lead India Red while Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath will captain India Blue.

The tournament will comprise three round-robin games and a final, and will be played from October 10 to 13 in Nagpur. The first ODI against England is on the next day in Hyderabad, a game which Gambhir is slated to play in.

The three squads feature a number of fringe players who have played for India recently, or have shown flashes of promise in the IPL. TN opener M Vijay, who has lost favour with the national selectors following an indifferent tour of West Indies will play for India Blue, alongside IPL performers Paul Valthaty and Saurabh Tiwary, and spinners Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra. The side also includes Irfan Pathan and Dinesh Karthik, both of whom have been out of national reckoning in recent years.

Harbhajan's team includes Robin Uthappa, who has been a strong IPL performer, but average in other domestic tournaments. Tamil Nadu's S Anirudha and Hyderabad's T Suman also find a spot in the India Green line-up, as do Mohammad Kaif, Iqbal Abdulla and Ahimanyu Mithun.

Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund, who have played for India in ODIs and Tests recently, figure in the India Red squad. Ambati Rayudu has forced his way back into the selectors' focus with his IPL heroics, and finds a place in the side. Yusuf Pathan, who has lost the allrounder spot in the senior team to Ravindra Jadeja, and RP Singh, who made a comeback from the wilderness during the England tour, are the other notable inclusions in Gambhir's team.

India Blue: S Badrinath (capt), M Vijay, Paul Valthaty, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mandeep Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, YV Krishanatry, Prashant Parameshwaran, Pradeep Sangwan, Tanmay Srivastava

India Green: Harbhajan Singh (capt), Robin Uthappa, S Anirudha, T Suman, Mohnish Mishra, Ishank Jaggi, Mohammad Kaif, CM Gautham (wk), Sarabjit Ladda, Iqbal Abdulla, Abhimanyu Mithun, Samad Fallah, Ishwar Choudhary, Sumit Narwal

India Red: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund, Ambati Rayudu, Ashok Menaria, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Jalaj Saxena, Piyush Chawla, Bhargav Bhatt, Pankaj Singh, Jaydev Unadkat, TP Sudhindra, Yusuf Pathan, RP Singh

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  • Naveen on October 2, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    robiee come on show ur telent

  • Johnathon on October 1, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    4 games? Is this some kind of a joke? Or is this a desperate attempt to find the best uninjured players for the England tour? If India truly wants to be a World Power, instead of dumb IPL nonsense, they need to fix a system like Country Cricket in England. In English County Cricket Season, there are first class games being played with overseas players. There are also ODIs and T20s to follow. Now imagine if Lalith Modi added the ODI/Test sections to the IPL and with the money that BCCI has, lured players from around the world to play First Class Cricket. Imagine Gayle and Dilshan opening the batting in a FIRST CLASS GAME. Murali playing against Sanga/Mahela in a first class match. Dale Steyn bowling to AB De Villiers? Would be unbelievalbe and believe me, I may be very cheap and watching games online, but i would pay very good money to see IPL style first class matches

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Regarding Yaju Krishanatry, guys check his List A stats and he is doing good job for Jharkhand. Jharkhand won the List A tournament this year for your kind information. Don't just go for guys who play well in IPL.

  • Shakir on September 30, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Green appears to be the weakest team on paper. I am just hoping Irfan does well in this contest to make his way back to National team.

  • Jatinder on September 30, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    @ Pandove selectors dont want good pacers in team becoz pacers can bring injuries to team during practise as Raina and company dont have habbit of playing bouncers thats why good pacers like Abu, Chahar, Gony, Kulkarni and etc are out and many in the past also.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    @cricfan 108 Who told badrinath is a pathetic batsman......If u dont know about the stars just dont comment....

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Very soon Kris Srikanth might put his own name in one of these squads. The idea with these selections is to get people so frustrated that no one will question Cheeka selecting himself.

  • Pradyuman on September 30, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    The following paragraph appearing in the report says it all about the attituder adn approach of our board:

    "The tournament will comprise three round-robin games and a final, and will be played from October 10 to 13 in Nagpur. The first ODI against England is on the next day in Hyderabad, a game which Gambhir is slated to play in."

    Obviously, we have not learnt anything from the English debacle. We just refuse to learn.

  • arvind on September 30, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I can't understand on what basis these team have been selected.In these team neither deepak chahar, sudhip tyagi, bhuvneswar kumar,abu nachim could found his place.i think out of these,atleast 2 are future's player.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    This is waste tournament... u cant find out consistent players by this two or three matches.. NEED MORE MATCHES AND FIVE TEAM to find real talents...

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