Ravi Teja likely to represent Meghalaya in upcoming domestic season

The 31-year-old batsman - who had shifted to Andhra from Hyderabad in 2016 - has already submitted all his papers to the BCCI and is gearing up to shift base.

Ravi Teja plays a shot against Rajasthan. (File Photo)   -  P. RAVI KIRAN

If all goes well, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, a seasoned campaigner in the domestic cricket circuit, is set to play for Meghalaya in the forthcoming season as a professional guest player.

The 31-year-old batsman - who had shifted to Andhra from Hyderabad in 2016 - has already submitted all his papers to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and is gearing up to shift base.

“In Andhra, the focus was now more on promoting youngsters, so I thought it would be good to explore other options and move to a team where I can contribute,” Teja, who has played 66 first-class and 68 List A games, told Sportstar.

While he is waiting for the official nod from the Board, he is aware that his experience will count for the northeastern state.

One of the top officials at the Meghalaya Cricket Association also confirmed the development, stating that all the necessary documents have been sent to the BCCI.

“He (Teja) comes with a lot of experience and we hope to get him on board for the forthcoming season,” the official said.

Earlier, the association had planned to retain two of its guest players from last season - Gurinder Singh and Punit Bisht.

But with Gurinder moving to a different team, the association has now decided to retain Bisht and bring in two professionals - Teja and Rameez Khan from Madhya Pradesh.

Journey so far

Teja broke into the Hyderabad Ranji Trophy set-up with a bang, amassing 653 runs in six matches in 2007-2008. He became the highest scorer for the team and finished seventh in the overall list.

But he failed to keep the momentum going and a dip in form saw him getting dropped from the Hyderabad team. In 2016, he decided to move to Andhra and did make his presence felt for the two seasons that he had spent with the team.

An experienced batsman - who has also featured for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Deccan Chargers - now hopes to make things count, albeit for a different team.