Duleep Trophy 2022: Weather a concern ahead of quarterfinal between North and East Zone

Both North and East Zones will be watching the weather with keen interest ahead of their quarterfinal beginning on Thursday; it will influence their strategy and the selection of the eleven.

File Photo: Manoj Tiwary will be leading the East Zone.

File Photo: Manoj Tiwary will be leading the East Zone. | Photo Credit: MURALI KUMAR K / The Hindu

Both North and East Zones will be watching the weather with keen interest ahead of their quarterfinal beginning on Thursday; it will influence their strategy and the selection of the eleven.

It rained rather heavily here on Wednesday evening. And more rain has been forecast on all four days of this encounter in the revived Duleep Trophy.

Both North and East Zones will be watching the weather with keen interest ahead of their quarterfinal beginning here on Thursday; it will influence their strategy and the selection of the eleven.

Rain or shine, Duleep Trophy will be returning in its original inter-zonal format. Then matches will have a context and a purpose.

Duleep Trophy, once the pride of the Indian domestic calendar, was thoughtlessly made into a caricature with teams being called Red, Blue, Green and so on - and randomly picked from different parts of the country which resulted in sides having minimum cohesion.

And they were made to play day/night matches with pink balls.

The present version, although welcome, will be no patch on the Duleep Trophy matches of the 70s and 80s when these games almost had the aura of a Test match.

North Zone, led by the irrepressible Bishen Bedi, and possessing the Amarnath brothers, Rajinder Goel and Kapil Dev will be up against Sunil Gavaskar-led West Zone with men such as Dilip Vengsarkar, Sandip Patil, Padmakar Shivalkar and Pandurang Salgoankar.

The matches would be bitterly fought and sparks would fly.

And the star-studded South Zone will feature Gundappa Viswanath, Tiger Pataudi, Erapalli Prasanna, B.S. Chandrasekar, S. Venkatraghavan, Syed Kirmani, Brijesh Patel, Roger Binny and K. Srikkanth.

But with a cramped international calendar, it is impossible to lift the Duleep Trophy to those glory days again.

Nevertheless, it will be a good opportunity for youngsters such as North’s Yash Dhull to showcase his talent and paceman Navdeep Saini to reestablish his claims.

Despite his successful foray into politics, it is good to see Manoj Tiwary, leading East, retaining his passion for the game. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem is a capable bowler and Shahbaz Ahmed is an all-rounder with promise.

Squads
North Zone (from): Mandeep Singh (captain), Mayank Dagar, Yash Dhull, Jagjit Singh, Siddhaarth Kaul, Anmol Malhotra, Pulkit Narang, Qamran Iqbal, Himanshu Rana, Navdeep Saini, Dhrav Shorey, Nishant Sidhu, Akash Vashisht, Vikas Mishra, Mohan Vohra.
East Zone (from): Manoj Tiwary (captain), Abhishek Porel, Akash Deep, Sudip Kumar Gharami, Kumar Kushagra, Anustup Majumdar, Mukhtar Hussain, Manishankar Mura Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem, Nazim Siddiqui, Riyan Parag, Ishan Porel, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shantanu Mishra, Virat Singh.
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