As the dust settles on an exhilarating IPL season, the action moves to India’s domestic circuit for a new season, opening with the Duleep Trophy on June 28. The BCCI recently announced the squads for the senior men’s domestic competition that will be played in Bengaluru. The final will be held on July 12 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
A total of six zonal teams, namely North, North East, West, South, East and Central will participate in this tournament. Last year’s finalists, West Zone and South Zone advance directly to the semi-final stage, where they will face the winners of Central Zone vs East Zone and North-East Zone vs North Zone.
So, who are you backing? 💗 pic.twitter.com/qLFWmY3nHI— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) June 15, 2023
Yashasvi Jaiswal named in West Zone
Among the Royals, Yashasvi Jaiswal will hope to continue his blazing form when he features for the West Zone led by Gujarat’s Priyank Panchal. The 21-year-old, who had finished as the tournament’s leading run-getter last season, continued his purple patch on the domestic front, and in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals.
West Zone squad: Priyank Panchal (C), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Harvik Desai (WK), Prithvi Shaw, Het Patel (WK) Sarfaraz Khan, Arpit Vasavada, Atit Seth, Shams Mulani, Yuvraj Dodiya, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Chetan Sakariya, Chintan Gaja, Arzan Nagwaswalla
Dhruv Jurel’s IPL form rewarded
Dhruv Jurel had an impressive debut season in IPL 2023, and his hard work has now paid off with a call-up. The youngster is part of the Central Zone squad, alongside Rinku Singh, who also had a breakthrough IPL season with Kolkata Knight Riders.
Central Zone squad: Shivam Mavi (C), Vivek Singh, Himanshu Mantri, Kunal Chandela, Shubham Sharma, Amandeep Khare, Rinku Singh, Akshay Wadkar (WK), Upendra Yadav (WK), Dhruv Jurel, Saurabh Kumar, Manav Sathar, Saransh Jain, Avesh Khan, Yash Thakur
Riyan Parag to turn up for East Zone
Despite having a tough outing in IPL 2023, the selectors have restored their faith in Assam’s Riyan Parag. The middle-order Royals batter has been selected in the East Zone squad with Bengal’s Abhimanyu Easwaran leading the charge.
East Zone squad: Abhimanyu Easwaran (C), Santanu Mishra, Sudip Gharami, Riyan Parag, Anustup Majumdar, Bipin Saurabh, Abishek Porel (WK), Kumar Kushagra (WK), Shahbaz Nadeem, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep, Anukul Roy, M Mura Singh, Ishan Porel