India news August 7, 2013

Vijay Zol makes it to India A squad

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Vijay Zol, the 18-year-old Maharashtra batsman, has been named in the India A squad for the long-format matches against the touring New Zealand A team. Zol, who has not played a first-class match thus far, has been prolific at the Under-19 level, scoring consecutive centuries against Sri Lanka in the recent youth-Test series.

The team for the two unofficial Tests - one three-day and one four-day match - will be led by Mumbai allrounder Abhishek Nayar and includes a number of young players; Punjab batsman Jiwanjot Singh, Delhi's Unmukt Chand, Gujarat's Manprit Juneja and Madhya Pradesh spinner Jalaj Saxena among others.

The squad for the three unofficial ODIs also includes consistent performers from the domestic scene. The side, led by Chand, the former Under-19 captain, also includes Robin Uthappa, who last played an ODI for India in 2008.

All the matches of the series are scheduled to be played in Visakhapatnam and the tour kicks off with the three-day match starting August 31.

India A Test squad: Abhishek Nayar (capt), Jiwanjot Singh, Unmukt Chand, Vijay Zol, Manprit Juneja, VA Jagadeesh, CM Gautam (wk), Dhawal Kulkarni, Imtiaz Ahmed, Aniket Choudhary, Shrikant Wagh, Jalaj Saxena, Rakesh Dhruv, Sarabjeet Ladda.

India A ODI squad: Unmukt Chand (capt), Robin Uthappa, Aditya Tare (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Ashok Menaria, Sanju Samson, Sachin Baby, Dhawal Kulkarni, Basant Mohanty, Sandeep Sharma, Shrikant Wagh, Rahul Sharma, Jalaj Saxena

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  • shashankqvivek on August 7, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    This is excellent team selection ! At last our selectors have started building Test team and ODI team separately.Personally i would select test squad(either India A or Senior Team) on the ranji trophy Basis and it's great to see guys performing in Ranji trophy getting chance.

  • on August 12, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    With Ref to http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2013/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=7720;type=tournament

    Definitely G Gambhir, YK Pathan, RV Uthappa should have got chance than that of M Vijay based on IPL performance. Not sure what makes M Vijay better than others !!!

  • vigneshvinu on August 9, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Where is aparjith,sandeep sharma who has done well along with chand.when you can give chances to nayar who is early 30s and even out of form guys like uthappa. do you think that they fit to your future plans?

  • CricketMaan on August 9, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    What is the team of India U-23 starting on Aug 18? Hope to see Zol, Sanju, Sandeep, Unmukt in that team

  • Naresh28 on August 9, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    In September there is a U19 quadrangular tournament. Zol will definitely be the leader of the team. A great leftie and reminds me of Ganguly.

  • on August 8, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    baba aprajit, rishi dhawan , a.s rajpoot should be in the team.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 8, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Happy to see no tested and failed seniors in the team other than Uthappa. Why more chance given to him? May be the last chance.

  • on August 8, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    no shewag, gambhir, yuvraj. they should be given a chance and they could have got some batting practice ahead of the busy schedule

  • on August 8, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Maharashtra players rocks!!

  • ajitsonu18 on August 8, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Great team selection. Happy to see basant mohanty into odi team. Proud of u dear..

  • shashankqvivek on August 7, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    This is excellent team selection ! At last our selectors have started building Test team and ODI team separately.Personally i would select test squad(either India A or Senior Team) on the ranji trophy Basis and it's great to see guys performing in Ranji trophy getting chance.

  • on August 12, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    With Ref to http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2013/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=7720;type=tournament

    Definitely G Gambhir, YK Pathan, RV Uthappa should have got chance than that of M Vijay based on IPL performance. Not sure what makes M Vijay better than others !!!

  • vigneshvinu on August 9, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Where is aparjith,sandeep sharma who has done well along with chand.when you can give chances to nayar who is early 30s and even out of form guys like uthappa. do you think that they fit to your future plans?

  • CricketMaan on August 9, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    What is the team of India U-23 starting on Aug 18? Hope to see Zol, Sanju, Sandeep, Unmukt in that team

  • Naresh28 on August 9, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    In September there is a U19 quadrangular tournament. Zol will definitely be the leader of the team. A great leftie and reminds me of Ganguly.

  • on August 8, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    baba aprajit, rishi dhawan , a.s rajpoot should be in the team.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 8, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Happy to see no tested and failed seniors in the team other than Uthappa. Why more chance given to him? May be the last chance.

  • on August 8, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    no shewag, gambhir, yuvraj. they should be given a chance and they could have got some batting practice ahead of the busy schedule

  • on August 8, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Maharashtra players rocks!!

  • ajitsonu18 on August 8, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Great team selection. Happy to see basant mohanty into odi team. Proud of u dear..

  • on August 8, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    it's heartening to see odisha bowler basant mohanty being picked up in the ODIi squad.best of luck to him!

  • on August 8, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    i am all for youth and going on hunches. but to reward someone by giving them a place in a india A match is a bit much. it downplays the importance of the first class setup in India and the sweat,blood and toil of all those wonderful cricketers we have who give it their all but dont necessarily make it to the highest level.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on August 8, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Good selection but the players like Rishi dhawan from himachal pradesh and rajat paliwal,suraj yadav are missing in test squad. saurab tiwary from jharkand missing in one day squad.

  • on August 8, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Happy to see Jagadeesh in the Test squad

  • on August 8, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Disappointed not to see Baba Aparajith name in the list. Chand has not delivered when given an opportunity in IPL, surprised he is made the skipper for ODIs.

  • Naresh28 on August 7, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Mark my words Zol will one play even in tests. A good leftie who reminds me of Ganguly So india has 2 A teams. Talent in abundance.

  • Lalz on August 7, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Finally we have a perfect Selection team like the current Indian team. Still I think some players who are suited for longer formats are been selected for shorter formats. Menaria is such a good player who will suit on longer formats. Aparajith and U kaul missed out. Kaul is better than Tare. My playing 11 for test will be

    Jiwanjot,Unmukt,Zol,Jagdish,Juneja,A Nayar,C.M.Gautham,J Saxena,Shrikant Wagh, D Kulkarni, S Ladda : 5 Batsmen + 1 wk + 2 All rounder + 3 bowlers

    And for limited edition :

    Jadhav,Uthappa,Chand,Menaria,Sanju,Sachin Baby,Saxena,Shrikant Wagh, Kulkarni,Sandeep Sharma,R Sharma : 5 batsmen + 1 wk + 1 AR + 4 bowlers.

  • ramz30380 on August 7, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    I am a touch disappointed though to c that there is no Baba Aparajith. With due credits to Unmukt Chand, we must not forget the contribution of this young lad in winning the U-19 World Cup. I hope the selectors give him a look-in. It will never be fair on the lad if he becomes another Ambati Rayudu....

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    At last east Zone players are being shown some faith in them.... Despite winning Duleep trophy consecutive times the East Zone players are shown apathy by the national selectors.. Hope they will showcase their talents in upcoming matches and make a place in the national team...

  • axe_hay on August 7, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Excellent selection. Hats off to the selectors for including fresh blood. One selection missed was Punjab keeper Uday Kaul. He has the best stats for a wicket keeper batsman in the country.

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Finally Its Three from Kerala- jagadeesh, Sanju & sachin Baby. BCCI is promoting Younger talents

  • on August 7, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Its a great pick n i think he shd be fast tracked to test team for South Africa n shd be made to debut at 5 to bring a left hander to middle order...n thanks to his performances we have had enough of Yuvraj n Raina in test matches!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 7, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    good rewards for basant mohanty,keep the good wrk.now nobody cant say bcci ignoring eastzone player.i hope selectors will keep their job on performance basis always,not by big names.

  • ramz30380 on August 7, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Congrats Zol! Good reward for consistent performance. I wish the selectors have an open mind while selecting the probables for the senior team. A person like Vijay Zol can benefit immensely just by being alongside the big names in Indian Cricket whether he is part of the playing XI or not.

  • on August 7, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Great to see Jagdish in test team.Real encouragement for the youngsters.....jagdish, jeevanjyoth, mandeep, gautam.....all prolific performers from domestic league.....vijay, sanju...from u19 level....really different mix of players in comparison to the current India A squad touring south africa.Selectors are doing great job to make performers from domestic structure ready for the big battles ahead.Young cricketers from all over India shall feel proud of their board and selectors....the way players from jammu, kerala, orissa are treated...all are getting chance to represent India at different levels...senior squad,u19,A team,u23....good wishes

  • Raj12345 on August 7, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Good to see Zol in team.

    Where is Baba Aparajit? How come one can forget this person in a year term. Also he was performing consistently good in domestic after last year World cup. This is really bad to kill younger's motivation.

  • on August 7, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Finally an A team that resembles an A team. The current one sent to SA looks like a warm up for the upcoming SA series with so many batsmen who are already national players. Can you be more blatant BCCI? Lets hope this kind of under handed behaviour backfires.

  • on August 7, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    agreed with vikram bhai about basant mohanty's caliber and selection but it would be nice if he would have picked for longer version of game thsn ODIs..

  • on August 7, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Finally someone from orissa. Really its a good news.Come on Basanta

  • on August 7, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Where's Baba Aparajit? Do not nip is career in the bud. He's a promising all rounder and deserves to be groomed. Why is he being sidelined deliberately recently?

  • on August 7, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Great to see V. Jagadish in test squad. He was prolific in the tournament recently in Karnataka...

  • on August 7, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    i still feel sorry for Parvez Rasool.

  • on August 7, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    An extremely different squad for home assignment compared to one visiting SA full of future prospect for Indian TEST and ODI team Impressive .The current A squard have people who are next in line for a spot in Indian TEST squard while this squard has future caption ,fast bowler and amazing young talent like SAnju and Zol we will surely see them in Indian colors may be after 2015 but not so sure about Chand, he seriously messed up big opportunities which he got after U-19 world cup this could be his last chance to leave his mark .

  • on August 7, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    A bit disappointed not to see Baba Aparajit on the lost..He is a good All rounder with a Technical style and useful loopy offspinner....He would have added balance to the side..

  • on August 7, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Just so happy for Basant Mohanty from Odisha. A very talented guy, tall, lanky, may not have the pace but can swing the ball both ways. His domestic strike rate and averages are a testimony to his talent. Sadly he has been neglected thus far. Having faced him in the nets a couple of times, I can vouch that if given regular chances this guy can break into the top level.

  • fod-c8w on August 7, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Abhishek Nayar was 2nd in runs in the entire Ranji Trophy last season. 11 matches, 966 runs, 3 centuries, 8 fifties, average 96.60 Baba Aparajith was 88th in runs in the Ranji Trophy last season. 8 matches, 395 runs, 1 century, 1 fifty, average 39.50. Sure sounds like he had a better season than Nayar...

  • on August 7, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Why isn't Baba Aparajith from Tamil Nadu on the team. He is far better than Nayar.

  • CricketChat on August 7, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Why was Unmukt Chand given captaincy?. Why burden his with captaincy when he is still trying to build skills to go to top level? 'A' matches should be led by dropped or past international players while prospects should be allowed to just concentrate on their game.

  • CricketMaan on August 7, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Its not such a bad ploy to test a new bunch of fringe players, although i would like to see some consitency here. I suppose the A team in SA is primarly to give all those that will get selected for the SA tour a chance to acclimitize. But this one is genuienly an A team with best domestic performers. It also allows selectors to test a vast pool. What will be intresting is that there is also an India U-23 team to be announced and i see a bunch of U 19 players including Zol, Chand, Sandeep, Sanju playing in that.

  • on August 7, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    @tcherian, Sanju Viswanadh is none other than the young sensation (Sanju Samson) from KERALA.

  • on August 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Where is Sanju Samson how come he has not been included ? and what has Abhishek Nayyer really done to captain the India A Test Squad poorest all rounder I have ever seen.. ZOL shud hve been in TEST and OD sides along with jiwanjot Singh, what happ to bechara Pankaj Singh he would hve been perfect in TEST squad

  • bigdhonifan on August 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Sanju Vishwanadh is Sanju Samson... dont get confused.. His full name is Sanju Vishwanadh Samson

  • tcherian on August 7, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Sanju Vishwanadh=who is this guy? never heard of him

  • tcherian on August 7, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    I love the current group of selectors. I always had a lot of respect for Mr.Patil as a coach when he turned around a team like Kenya or UAE. His knowledge and his professionalism is a breath of fresh air in Indian selection where we were used to people like Srikanth who was nothing but a joke

  • vsroc on August 7, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman(August 7,2013) Let us hope that the bunch of new talent will prove their worth in the ensuing tournament against New Zealand A team.

  • chapathishot on August 7, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    I dont know what is with the selectors Vijay Zols time will come let him play some first class cricket and come to A side.

  • on August 7, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    There are actually 2 india A teams?? One thats going to SA and another one playing here in india.. Confusing indeed!

  • itismenithin on August 7, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Shouldn't he play few seasons of Ranji before earning a place in A squad?

  • on August 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @editor Sachin Baby is not the (wk). I think wk is Sanju Vishwanadh.

  • on August 7, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Lots of Good Names missing in terms of last year's performance. sarabjeet ladda in test squad is a big mistake. Will find it at the end of the series

  • on August 7, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Sachin Baby is not a wicket keeper. Aditya Tare is a Wicket keeper

  • on August 7, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Sachin Baby is not a wicket keeper. Aditya Tare is a Wicket keeper

  • on August 7, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Lots of Good Names missing in terms of last year's performance. sarabjeet ladda in test squad is a big mistake. Will find it at the end of the series

  • on August 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @editor Sachin Baby is not the (wk). I think wk is Sanju Vishwanadh.

  • itismenithin on August 7, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Shouldn't he play few seasons of Ranji before earning a place in A squad?

  • on August 7, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    There are actually 2 india A teams?? One thats going to SA and another one playing here in india.. Confusing indeed!

  • chapathishot on August 7, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    I dont know what is with the selectors Vijay Zols time will come let him play some first class cricket and come to A side.

  • vsroc on August 7, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman(August 7,2013) Let us hope that the bunch of new talent will prove their worth in the ensuing tournament against New Zealand A team.

  • tcherian on August 7, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    I love the current group of selectors. I always had a lot of respect for Mr.Patil as a coach when he turned around a team like Kenya or UAE. His knowledge and his professionalism is a breath of fresh air in Indian selection where we were used to people like Srikanth who was nothing but a joke

  • tcherian on August 7, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Sanju Vishwanadh=who is this guy? never heard of him

  • bigdhonifan on August 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Sanju Vishwanadh is Sanju Samson... dont get confused.. His full name is Sanju Vishwanadh Samson