Guwahati, Nov. 30: Assam will meet Jammu and Kashmir in a home four-day Ranji Trophy group C match at Nehru Stadium here from tomorrow.
Having registered outright wins against Tripura and Jharkhand and earning three points by virtue of first innings lead against Kerala in their earlier matches, the home side will enjoy an edge over the opponents, who are already beleaguered by internal conflict over non-fielding of players from Kashmir in the playing XI in earlier matches.
While Assam lead the group tally with 16 points even after going down to Services by 10 wickets in Delhi early this week, Jammu and Kashmir are languishing at the bottom of the tally with only one point.
The toss will play a vital role with the tinge of green in the wicket.
According to team sources, Assam would try an extra paceman, tentatively Pritam Das, in the match to “give some respite to Abu Nechim Ahmed and Arup Das”.
Syed Mohammad and Arlen Konwar will handle the spin department in tandem with part-timers.
The sources also said “only five genuine batsmen” will be fielded in the match.
J&K team consultant former Test player Bishen Singh Bedi remained tightlipped over the team’s composition, saying he was not aware who was going to be in the playing XI as some of the players had not landed here till this evening.
Assam will also host J&K for a Cooch Behar Trophy (under-19) tournament four-day match at the Barsapara Stadium ground here from tomorrow.
Teams: Assam: Dheeraj Jadhav (capt), Kunal Saikia (wk), Rajdeep Das (wk), Pallav Das, Sibsankar Roy, Amit Sinha, Chandan Rawat, Gokul Sharma, Tarjinder Singh, Pritam Das, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Arlen Konwar, Arup Das, Syed Mohammad and Deepak Gohain.
J&K: Ian Dev Singh (capt), Ram Dayal Punia, Adil Reshi, Parveez Rasool Zargar, Hardeep Singh, Bandeep Singh, Owais Shah, Manik Gupta, Obaid Haroon, Waseem Raza Paray, Sahil Sharma, Md Muddasir, Rohit Bhat, Manish Dogra.