Lanky fast-bowler Pankaj Singh will lead the Rajasthan side in the upcoming Ranji season while Dishank Yagnik will assist the senior player.
Comeback man Robin Bisht has also been named in the side. He shifted his base to Himachal Pradesh a couple of years back, but decided to switch back to his native state. The Pankaj Singh-led side includes players youngsters like Khaleel Ahmed and Mahipal Lomror as well. Both have been part of Delhi Daredevils in the past after their stint with India U-19 team.
Ashok Maneria, the former U-19 skipper and Rajasthan Royals player, has been included. Aniket Choudhary was an automatic selection in the team, considering his recent form and there can be a case when he might miss a couple of games for his side if selected in India A team for the One-Day series against New Zealand A.
This year, Rajasthan will miss out on the services of young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, the brother of Deepak Chahar, who has switched his base to Services now. The leggie was a teammate of Khaleel Ahmed and Mahipal Lomror in India U-19 side that ended up as runner-up in junior World Cup 2016.
Rajasthan, which last won Ranji Trophy back to back in 2010/11 and 2011/12 season, will face Jammu and Kashmir in their first game. J & K is yet to announce the squad, but we presume Parvez Rasool will again lead the side.
Squad: Pankaj Singh (Captain), Dishant Yagnik (VC), Khaleel Ahmed, Rajesh Bishnoi, Robin Bist, Deepak Chahar, Aniket Choudhary, Siddharth Dobal, Amitkumar Gautam, Arjit Gupta, Mahipal Lomror, Ashok Menaria, Tajinder Singh, Tm UL-Haq