Manoj Tiwary Named East Zone Skipper For Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
In the Zonal Board meeting in Bengal, the right-handed batsman Manoj Tiwary on Monday was announced as the captain of 16-member East Zone squad and Jharkhand’s Saurabh Tiwary was named his deputy for the all India Inter-Zonal Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
The meeting was convened by Cricket Association of Bengal President and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly. The tournament is scheduled from February 12.
The decision was easy for Tiwary after former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni pulled out of the tournament for Jharkhand.
The meeting was attended by the zonal board members including Arup Bhattacharya (Bengal), Manimoy Roy (Tripura), Debashish Mohanty (Odisha), Subharajit Saikia (Assam) and Ashish Sinha from Jharkhand.
The squad includes five players from table topper Bengal followed by five from Jharkhand, who are placed at the bottom after four losses.
Tiwary seems to be a surprise pick as a skipper after a string of low scores in the league matches.
The 31-year-old scored 4, 1 and followed by 39 in the inter-state Twenty20 league.
While playing during the Irani Cup for the Rest of India (ROI), Tiwary scored 12 and 7.
Other players from Bengal are Ashok Dinda, Sayan Ghosh, Writtick Chatterjee and Shreevats Goswami.
Odisha skipper Biplab Samantary and Dhiraj Singh have also made it to the squad.
Jharkhand’s Ishan Kishan, who was the skipper of Under-19 World skipper, has been named as the wicket-keeper in the squad.
The other players from Jharkhand include Kishan, Ishank Jaggi, Shahbaz Nadeem and Virat Singh.
Left–arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who plays for Orissa, has been listed as a backup player alongside Pramod Chandila and Suryakant Pradhan.
16-member East Zone Squad: Manoj Tiwary (Skipper), Saurabh Tiwary, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Shreevats Goswami, KB Arun Karthik, Writtick Chatterjee, Ishank Jaggi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ashoke Dinda, Pritam Das, Sayan Ghosh, Biplab Samantray, Dhiraj Singh, Virat Singh, Amit Verma and AK Sarkar.
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