Ravichandran Ashwin Will Lead Tamil Nadu In The 2018/19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
The selection committee of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has named the full member squad for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will lead the Tamil Nadu side in the forthcoming competition.
Tamil Nadu cricket team had disappointing performances in the ongoing domestic season (2018/19). In both the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Ranji Trophy, Tamil Nadu failed to qualify the knockout stages. Now, the selectors have focused more on the youngsters for the upcoming domestic T20 tournament.
In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy selection, the selectors have dropped Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund and Baba Aparajith. Meanwhile, the top TNPL (Tamil Nadu Premier League) performers have earned the call-ups for the upcoming domestic T20 tournament. R Vivek, NS Chaturved, Hari Nishaanth etc. are some of those names. However, Varun Chakaravarthy missed out the squad due to an injury. Also, Murugan Ashwin has earned the opportunity to feature in the domestic T20 tournament.
On the other hand, the selectors have chosen Ravichandran Ashwin as the captain of the side. The selectors have enough faith in the 32-year-old Indian off-spinner.
S Sharath, the chairman of the selection committee said about Ravichandran Ashwin, “He was very positive with his inputs. He is a class player, with good knowledge of the game and has leadership skills.”
We have strong batting, and our attack has a lot of variety
The selection committee head also feels that they have the strong batting line-up as well as a lot of variety in their attacks. Mentioning the quality spinners of the squad, he named Washington Sundar, R Sai Kishore and M Ashwin, apart from the skipper. In further, S Sharath also mentioned that the medium-pacers T Natarajan and M Mohammed would carry the side with their experiences.
The group stages of the 2018/19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will run from 21 February to 2 March. Tamil Nadu won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in its inaugural season (2006/07).
Tamil Nadu full squad for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: R Ashwin (c), Washington Sundar (vc), N Jagadeesan (wk), Hari Nishaanth, Shahrukh Khan, Baba Indrajith, R Vivek, T Natarajan, M Mohammed, J Kousik, R Sai Kishore, M Ashwin, NS Chaturved, Vijay Shankar, Athisayaraj Davidson, Abhishek Tanwar.
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