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Ahmed, Malik axed from team

Guwahati, Dec. 18: The selectors’ axe fell on batsmen Rajjakuddin Ahmed and Yatin Malik for failing to deliver in the last three matches, as the Assam Cricket Association today named the state under-19 squad for the Cooch Behar Trophy plate group match against Railways at Rajkot from December 22.

While Mantu Das has replaced Ahmed, Hrishikesh Tamuly was named in place of Malik. Besides, Sajid Khan has been relieved of captaincy with wicketkeeper-batsman Wasiqur Rahman named the skipper. Sanzow Brahma has been named the vice-captain. Assam lost their last match against Haryana at Jhajjar yesterday.

The ACA also named the under-16 team for the Vijay Merchant Trophy East Zone match against Jharkhand to be played at Golaghat from December 22. Off-spinner Rubul Gogoi has been replaced by Sanchit Sarma.

The teams:

U-19: Wasiqur Rahman (captain, wk), Sanzow Brahma, Sajid Khan, Kaushik Giri, Amlanjyoti Baruah, Sidartha Sankar Baruah, Mrinmoy Dutta, Raunak Bucca, Mujibur Ali, Sandip Paul Mazumdar, Prem Pradhan, Roshan Alam, Hrishikesh Tamuly, Mantu Das, Rohit Sarma; coach — Gautam Dutta, physio — Kaustab Bharadwaj and trainer — Tauhid Ali Talukdar.

U-16: Abhishek Thakuri (captain), Angshuman Saikia, Rio Pramanik, Sahil Jain, Saurav Saha, Urooz Rizvi, Akshay Naraine, Abhinab Choudhury, Bikash Terang, Elbert Borgohain, Hrishikesh Bora, Kalam Raja, Prasenjit Sarkar, Jubin Doley, Sanchit Sarma; coach — Zaved Zaman, physio — Prasenjit Bhattacharyya, trainer — Souvik Das and manager — Bablu Choudhury.