Guwahati, Aug. 5: The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) has bolstered the state teamís batting line-up, with Tajinder Singh, Sibsankar Roy and outstation recruit Niraj Patel earning berths in the 16-member squad for the All India Buchi Babu Tournament that gets under way in Chennai from August 16.
Tajinder and Sibsankar had missed the Shafi Darashah All-India Invitational Cricket Tournament organised by the Karnataka State Cricket Association in Mysore recently as they were recuperating from hamstring injuries.
Patel is going to be tried as an outstation Ranji Trophy probable.
The selectors have also decided to recall old warhorse, offie Arlen Konwar and left arm orthodox spinner Syed Mohammed in the side at the expense of left-arm tweaker Rajesh Pawar.
An outstation Ranji probable, Pawar was tried in the KSCA meet but was not found satisfactory, ACA sources said.
The squad: Abu Nechim Ahmed (captain), Gokul Sharma, Niraj Patel, Rishav Das, Tajinder Singh, Abhijit Singha Roy, Sibsankar Roy, Kunal Saikia (wk), Rajdeep Das (wk), Krishna Das, Pritam Das, Arup Das, Sujay Tarafder, Prasanta Sonowal, Arlen Konwar and Syed Mohammed.
Coach Subhodeep Ghosh, physio Parmeet Singh and trainer Rakesh Gohil will accompany the team.