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Indian Team For World Indoor Cricket Federation World Cup Announced 

Indian Team For World Indoor Cricket Federation World Cup Announced
Sandeep Patil

The Story

The Indian Indoor cricket team for the upcoming 10th edition of the World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF) World Cup has been announced.

The squad was selected under the helm of head coach Taher Ali Khan along with the chairman of Petromann Events, Abdul Latif Khan. The side is managed by XLR8 India, an indoor arena in Bengaluru, which is also responsible for the training and development of Indian cricket teams for all indoor tournaments.

The tournament is scheduled to be held from 16-23 September 2017. The week-long tournament will be staged in partnership with Cricket Australia (CA) and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), at the Insportz Club in Dubai.

The Men Who Matter

The squad will be by Girish Kyatanahalli Gopal and boasts of an excellent balance of young and experienced players as five players – Dhanush Bhaskar, Yathish Channappa, Nihal Fakruddin Shilar, Vijay Hanumantharayappa, Daivik Rai – who played in the previous edition, are set to compete again in the showpiece event.

XLR8 has appointed UAE-based Petromann Events to manage, operate and market the Indian team. Petromann Events, the brainchild of Mr. Abdul Latif Khan, also known as Arif Khan in the sporting arena.

In addition, the other experienced players in the squad are Sandeep Mayanna, Aries Kather Aziz and Santhosh Anand.

Speaking of the team selection, coach Taher Ali Khan said:

“We have taken care to select a squad that is well-balanced. I have a lot of expectations from the core group of senior players who can guide the younger boys very well. While the captain Girish is aggressive in nature, the likes of Daivik, Suraj and Khizer also add a dash of agility and youthfulness on the field.”

Abdul Latif Khan, chairman, Petromann Events said: “We could not have asked for anything better in terms of build-up for the World Cup. I think we have a really well-balanced squad which can do wonders for India at the tournament. I am sure the collective experience of the squad will come in really handy in pressure situations.”

The Indian squad is being mentored by noted Dubai-based Indian businessman Anis Sajan whereas former India batsman and ex-chief selector Sandeep Patil is the brand ambassador.

Squad: Girish Kyatanahalli Gopal (captain), Dhanush Bhaskar (vice-captain), Mohammed Khizer Ahmed, Yathish Channappa, Aries Kather Aziz, Sandeep Mayanna, Nihal Fakruddin Shilar, Daivik Rai, Vijay Hanumantharayappa, Suraj Reddy Byrathi Naga Reddy, Santhosh Anand, Faiyaz Arai.

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