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Badrinath to lead in Emerging Players' tourney

July 06, 2009 17:33 IST

Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath was on Monday named captain of the Indian team for the Emerging Players' tournament in Australia. Virat Kohli will be his deputy.

The section committee, which met at the M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai, picked a 16-member squad for the tournament, starting later this month.

Two other Tamil Nadu batsmen -- Murali Vijay and R Ashwin -- also made it to the squad, which includes the Delhi duo of Kohli and Pradeep Sangwan.

Three Mumbai players -- Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishek Nayar and Dhawal Kulkarni -- made the cut as did the Uttar Pradesh pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sudeep Tyagi.

The Bengal duo of Manoj Tiwary and Wriddhiman Saha, Madhya Pradesh stumper Naman Ojha, Jharkhand batsman Ishank Jaggi, Rajasthan pacer Pankaj Singh and Haryana leggie Amit Mishra are the other members of the side.

Apart from India, domestic teams from New Zealand, South Africa and hosts Australia will compete in the Twenty20-cum-ODI tournament, starting July 20.

India take on Australian Institute of Sports in a Twenty20 match on the opening day at Redlands CC in Queensland.

Indian state side Karnataka won the inaugural Emerging Players Tournament in 2005, while South Africa won it in 2006 and 2007 before New Zealand denied them a hat-trick.

Squad: S Badrinath (Captain), M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (Vice-Captain), Manoj Tiwary, Ishank Jaggi, Abhishek Nayar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha, Naman Ojha, Pankaj Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pradeep Sangwan and Sudeep Tyagi.

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