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18 inch closer to cricket tourney

Eighteen colts will pad up for the final training camp for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy, a one-day zonal (east) league.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) came out with the list on Wednesday evening. The young cricketers have been asked to report at JSCA office on Friday.

The camp will be held in the steel city from October 6 to 15. The 18 were selected from among 41, who had attended the last training camp in September.

“The final 15 will be named on the basis of their performance in the camp. They will represent the state in the Vinoo Mankad zonal league tournament to be held in Assam from October 20-28,” said JSCA assistant secretary Ashim Kumar Singh.

The U-19 boys, who will vie for a place in the final team are Vishal Singh, Virat Singh, Sonu Kumar Singh, Shashim Rathor, Rohit Raj, Shrey Srivastava, Krishna Patel, Kaushal Singh, Pappu Kumar Singh, Monu Kumar Singh, Sumit Kumar, Prem Kumar, Gaurav Singh, Pratik Ranjan, Kaushal Kishore Singh, Jagdish Pradhan, Ronit Singh and Avinash Kumar.

City lad Vishal had captained the Jharkhand side in the last season. His brother Virat is also in the camp, along with former captain Pappu from Ranchi.

JSCA officials said the performance of players at the Vinoo Mankad tourney would determine their selection for the state squad for Cooch Behar Trophy.

Jharkhand, which has been clubbed with Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh in Elite Group C, will also play the Cooch Behar Trophy in Kanpur from December 8 to 11. Their first match is against Uttar Pradesh.

The initial list of 41 was made on the basis of the players’ performance last season. The boys had attended a four-day fitness camp from August 29 to September 1.

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