Unmukt Chand has been named Uttarakhand’s captain for the first four matches of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019/20, the board announced on Wednesday. Tanmay Srivastava and Rahil Shah are two other professionals in the squad for the List A tournament.
Chand, the former India U-19 World Cup-winning captain, had switched his base to Uttarakhand recently. Not getting a chance in red-ball cricket in the previous season was one of the reasons behind the move. Chand had done well in white-ball crickt in past couple of seasons but wasn’t given an opportunity in any of the Ranji Trophy matches.
Chand had made his debut for Delhi at the age of 16 and also led the team in two Ranji Trophy matches in 2016/17.
Rahil Shah, the second professional in the team, has played 26 first-class, 42 List A and 35 T20 matches. Incidentally, Malolan Rangarajan, who was a part of Uttarakhand, is back in Tamil Nadu fold and Shah, who played for Tamil Nadu, will play for Uttarakhand.
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Tanmay Srivatava, the former Uttar Pradesh player, is an experienced campaigner with an experience of 81 first-class, 37 List A and 28 T20 matches.
Karanveer Kaushal, who scored a double-century in the previous season of the tournament, is also a part of the team. Gurucharan Singh is the head coach of Uttarakhand.
Led by Rajat Bhatia, Uttarakhand had won seven out of eight Vijay Hazare Trophy matches in the last season and had also made it to the second round of Ranji Trophy.
Uttarakhand will be facing debutants Chandigarh in their opening game of the tournament. They will later take on Assam, Pondicherry, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Manipur.