Pujara, Jadeja in Saurashtra squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy

Pujara is likely to lead the side with Jaydev Shah expected to take over n his absence.

Team India players Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja have been included in the Saurashtra team for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy.   -  AP

Team India players Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja have been included in the Saurashtra squad for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The Vijay Hazare Trophy will be played in New Delhi where last year’s runner-up Saurashtra will kickstart its campaign against Uttar Pradesh on September 19, the SCA said in a media release. Saurashtra will play eight matches in the tournament.

However, Pujara, a Test specialist, and Jadeja, an all-rounder, may miss the fifth match, to be played on September 30, and the remaining matches, if they are selected in the national side for next month’s home Test series against the West Indies.

SCA media manager Himanshu Shah said, “Pujara and Jadeja have been included in the squad. The duo will play the first half of the tournament as West Indies will start their India tour by playing the first Test at the SCA stadium at Khandheri here on October 4.”

Pujara and Jadeja have been star performers for Saurashtra in domestic cricket matches.

During the recently concluded Test series against England, which India lost 1-4, Pujara scored a century and a half-century, while Jadeja, who played only the last Test, shone with both bat and ball.

“The first Test match between India and the West Indies will start from October 4 at the SCA stadium. The two players are likely to miss the second half of the Vijay Hazare Trophy,” Shah added.

The team management is yet to declare a captain. However, Pujara is likely to lead the side with Jaydev Shah expected to take over in his absence.

Team: Jaydev Shah, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Jaydev Unadkat, Samarth Vyas, Arpit Vasavada, Avi Barot, Prerak Mankad, Chirag Jani, Dharmendra Jadeja, Kamlesh Makwana, Yuvraj Chudasama, Saurya Sanandiya, Agnivesh Ayach and Hardik Rathod.