Ranji Trophy: Karnataka stars lead mass exodus

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Bengaluru, September 5: With the newly modified Ranji Trophy season will witness 37 teams battle it out for the title and this remarkable move from BCCI has given cricketers a window to feature in the domestic championship.

Over the last few decades, Karnataka has produced plenty of talented cricketers but only a handful got a breakthrough in the senior state squad. In fact, a few stick around till they get an opportunity while some opt for other state teams.

And this year too, Karnataka will watch quite a few stars turning out for other state teams.

Experienced players Amit Verma will join the Goa squad while KB Pawan and R. Jonathan will turn up for newbies Nagaland. Leg-spinner Sinan Abdul Khader, who played for Karnataka at the junior level, will play for Mizoram – another new team in the domestic circuit.

 

“Amit Verma, KB Pawan and Sinan Abdul Khader have opted to play for other states. We (KSCA) have given them NOC. It is up to them to play for any state they prefer,” said Sudhakar Rao, secretary KSCA.

In the past, middle-order batsman Verma, who has represented Kerala and Assam, was expecting to stage a comeback into the Karnataka side. “This season, I’ll be playing for Goa and have signed up for them. I have taken NOC from KSCA and submitted to Goa Cricket Association,” stated Verma.

Leg-spinner Sinan is excited to represent Mizoram. “I have signed up for Mizoram and formalities have been completed including the NOC from KSCA. It all happened after I attended the selection trials few months ago. I’ll be starting my Ranji Trophy journey with Mizoram,” asserted Sinan.

Meanwhile, dashing opener Robin Uthappa who played for Saurashtra last year is currently leading Bengaluru Blasters in the KPL. The Kodava is hoping to return to Karnataka but sources informed Sport Seam that he is likely to return to Saurashtra.

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