Mizoram set to hire new guest players

The north-eastern side released Taruwar Kohli, Akhil Rajput and Sinan Khadir and is looking at fast bowlers, wicketkeeper-batsmen and spin-bowling all-rounders for the 2019-20 BCCI domestic season.

The Suaka Cricket Ground in Mizoram hosts most of the local matches in the region. (File Photo)   -  WRIDDHAAYAN BHATTACHARYYA

Cricket Association of Mizoram has released its outstation players — Taruwar Kohli, Akhil Rajput and Sinan Khadir — and is looking at lethal fast bowlers, wicketkeeper-batsmen and effective spin-bowling all-rounders for the 2019-20 BCCI domestic season.

One among the nine new teams in the BCCI calendar that made its debut last year, Mizoram had a forgetful season and is charged up to make amends.

CAM had posted its requirement for outstation players on its social media handles. “We received a lot of applications and we will finalise the list by the end of July. We have released the players after their contract got over but all of them have re-applied.

“But I don’t think we will repeat the earlier ones. I have not given them an assurance,” CAM Honorary Secretary Mamon Majumdar told Sportstar on Thursday.

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Mizoram is looking for players who have played at least 20 Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy matches with notable performances, aged between 25-40 and is registered with his respective association.

From the earlier batch, only Kohli — former India U-19 and Punjab cricketer — ticked the boxes while Rajput (from Mumbai) and Khadir (Karnataka) made their debut.

In Ranji Trophy, Kohli emerged top-scorer (826 runs) and second-highest wicket-taker (16) after leggie Khadir (22).

P.V. Shashikant will continue as coach of the senior’s team.

On the other hand, Meghalaya is looking for a coach since the departure of Sanath Kumar to Baroda. A name will be finalised after the end of World Cup 2019.

“We need somebody more hands on. Sanath was a lot about strategising,” said Naba Bhattacharjee, Secretary, Meghalaya Cricket Association.

Meghalaya is not likely to part ways with its star outstation players since they have performed in Ranji. Puneet Bisht (892 runs), Yogesh Nagar (865) and Gurinder Singh (461 and 53 wickets) have left a mark.

“We are looking for players who can stay for three to four years and perform,” he added.