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Jamshedpur boy to lead U-16 squad

City-boy Rahil Reyaz Khan has been called up to lead the state U-16 outfit for the Vijay Merchant Trophy that kicks off in Cuttack on December 7.

Khan, who is an opener, was one of the seven players from Jamshedpur to have made the cut to the 15-member team that was named by the Jharkhand State Cricket Association on Tuesday evening. The state locks horns with Odisha in their opening match.

According to the list released, the other players who made the cut from the city were Aniket Dixit, Pawan Kumar, Ujjwal Kumar, Nehal Singh, Divyanshu Singh and Vikas Kumar.

The players from the city will be joined by Saras Choudhary, Mohit Raj and wicket keeper Ishan Kishan from Ranchi along with Subham Choudhary, Shiv Prakash Choudhary (Lohardaga), Istekhar Ahmed (Dhanbad) Yuvraj Ravi Ratnam (Garhwa) and Prashant Ranjan (Hazaribagh).

The selectors said they had named a bunch of upcoming talents in the squad and were sure that the boys would deliver the goods.

Of the players selected, Prashant is an upcoming off-spinner, while Vikas excels in left-arm spin. One player who is certain to catch the eye is Divyanshu Singh who is a Chinaman.

Chinaman or an left-arm unorthodox spin bowler use a wrist hand action to spin to ball, usually from the off to the leg side of a cricket pitch. A difficult art to master, it requires a lot of control and perfection.

The selectors said the team had been picked after two training camps held in Jamshedpur earlier this month.

“All the boys have earned a place in the side on the basis of their talent only. We expect them to do well,’ said JSCA assistant secretary Ashim Kumar Singh.

He added that the selected players have been asked to report in Jamshedpur on December 1 for a short training stint on College Ground.

“The boys will leave for Cuttack on December 5. After their match against Odisha, the state outfit will travel directly to Bokaro where they will take on Bengal from December12 to 14,” Singh said.

After Bengal, Jharkhand will play one more home match — against Tripura at Chaibasa — from December 17 to 19. The last match against Assam will be held from December 22 to 24.


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