THERE WAS consternation all around when India under-19 star Tanmay Srivastava was not selected in Uttar Pradesh team for the four-day match against Pak’s domestic champion Sialkot at Dharmsala last week.
But, the selection committee of the UP Cricket Association made amends and got him into the 15-member UP team for the five-day Irani Trophy match against Rest of India, beginning on October 9 at Nagpur.
“It’s a good opportunity for me. I have to prove myself in the match,” says Tanmay, adding, “I was waiting for this opportunity to come.”
Tanmay’s induction into the team was an in-thing since three top stars of the UP team i.e. Mohd Kaif, Suresh Raina and Rudra Pratap Singh had expressed their inability to play because of their pre-assigned commitments for Champions Trophy. Besides Tanmay, all-rounder Piyush Chawla will also bolster team’s batting line along with experienced Rizwan Shamshad and Ex-India star Gyanendra Pandey. Another experienced cricketer Jyoti Yadav would lead UP against the Rest of India led by Wasim Jaffer.
Left-hand opener Jyoti refused to accept that Ranji-Champion UP, without the services of its star players, would be playing under pressure against the star-studded side. “We have just beaten Sialkot quite comprehensively and will like to continue our winning streak even against the Rest of India.”
“It’s true that they have stars like Venugopal Rao, Robin Uthapa, Gautam Gambhir, and Zaheer Khan, but at the same time we have some good players like Tanmay, Ravikant and Piyush Chawla to challenge them,” added Jyoti. The UPCA also announced the UP under-22 team just after announcing the team for the Irani Trophy. As expected young opening batsman Tahir Abbas of Allahabad was named captain to lead the defending champions in the Central Zone league, starting from October 9 at Kanpur. Young all-rounder and former India under-19 star Ali Murtuza, also from Allahabad, will be his deputy.
UP play their first match against Madhya Pradesh, before playing against Railways in the second match on October 16 at New Delhi. Thereafter, they will travel to Udaipur to play against Rajasthan from November 1, before playing their last match against Vidarbha from November 8 at Kanpur.
UPCA’s sports secretary Prem Dhar Pathak informed that UPCA’s senior selection committee chief Gopal Sharma will be attending Central Zone Selection Committee meeting at Nagpur on October 9.
Irani Trophy: Jyoti Yadav (captain), Rizwan Shamshad, Gyanendra Pandey, Ashish Winston Zaidi, Ravikant Shukla, Shivakant Shukla, Shalabh Srivastava, Praveen Kumar, Rohit Prakash, Piyush Chawla, Mohd Aamir Khan (w-k), Tanmay Srivastava, Ratnesh Mishra, Avinash Yadav and Anshul Kapoor. Coach: Rajinder Singh Hans; Manager: Gopal Sharma; Physio: Vaibhav Daga.
Under-22: Tahir Abbas (captain), Ali Murtuza (vice-captain), Arish Alam, Amit Singh, Mohd Arif (w-k), KK Upadhaya, Ashwani Mandhani, Praveen Gupta, Sudip Tyagi, Alok Singh, Nittin Srivastava, Nittin Kumar, Naman Sharma, Saurabh Singh. Stand by: Mohd Danish Khan, Zaffar Alam, Rohit Yadav, Deependra Pandey and Vineet Singh. Coach: Rohit Talwar; Manager: Mohsin Raza.