Hanuma Vihari To Lead the ROI Squad for Irani Cup

Story Highlights
  • BCCI announced the Rest of India squad that will take on Saurashtra as the Irani Cup makes its return after three years.
  • Hanuma Vihari to lead the squad.
  • The Irani Cup was not conducted in the past two years due to COVID-19.

Prolific batter Hanuma Vihari will lead the Rest of India side against 2019-20 Ranji Trophy champions Saurashtra in the Irani Cup clash, which is returning to the calendar after three years.

The BCCI on Tuesday announced a 15-man squad for the red-ball tournament, which is set to be held in Rajkot from October 1-5. Red-ball specialist Mayank Agarwal and young Priyank Panchal, who recently led India A against New Zealand A and was also part of the Duleep Trophy-winning West Zone squad. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who recently racked up a double-century for West Zone in the Duleep Trophy final, has also been included in the squad.

KS Bharat is set to keep wickets, with fellow gloveman Upendra Yadav also in the squad. Emerging fast bowler Umran Malik, and big-hitting Sarfaraz Khan are also part of the ROI squad. Test batter Cheteshwar Pujara is likely to appear for Saurashtra in the match.

The Irani Cup could not be played in the previous two seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the event will be at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

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