The 2022-23 domestic season will kickstart with the Duleep Trophy and the much-awaited squads for the prestigious first-class tournament are out. The Duleep Trophy will be played in Chennai, Pondicherry, Coimbatore and Salem with the final to be held in Coimbatore from 21st to 25th September.
Former India captain Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the West Zone, which also has international stars Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat and Prithvi Shaw. Karan Sharma will lead the Central Zone with Shubham Sharma as his deputy.
Team India test batter Hanuma Vihari will marshal the South Zone with opening batter Mayank Agarwal as his deputy. Veteran Manoj Tiwary will helm the East Zone whereas Jharkhand’s Virat Singh will be his deputy. Mandeep Singh will lead the North Zone whereas Dhruv Shorey will be vice-captain. Navdeep Saini, fresh from his county stint, will lead the bowling attack with Siddharth Kaul. The NorthEast Zone will be led by Sikkim’s Ashish Thapa.
The full squads are as below:
NORTH ZONE: Yash Dhull (DDCA), Dhruv Shorey – VC (DDCA), Manan Vohra (PCA), Mandeep Singh – Captain (PCA), Himanshu Rana (HCA), Akash Vashisht (HPCA), Anmol Malhotra – WK (PCA), Mayank Dagar (HPCA), Pulkit Narang (SSCB), Navdeep Saini (DDCA), Siddharth Kaul (PCA), Jagjit Singh (UTCA), Nishant Sindhu (HCA), Qamran Iqbal (JKCA), Vikas Mishra (DDCA)
SOUTH ZONE: Hanuma Vihari – Captain (Hyd CA), Mayank Agarwal – VC (KSCA), Rohan Kunnummal (Kerala), Manish Pandey (KSCA), Devdutt Paddikal (KSCA), B Inderjith (TNCA), Eknath Kerkar WK (Goa), Ricky Bhui – WK (Andhra), Sai Kishore (TNCA), K Gowtham (KSCA), Basil Thampi (Kerala), Ravi Teja (Hyd CA), V C Stephen (Andhra), Tanay Thyagrajan (Hyd CA), Lakshye Garg (Goa)
EAST ZONE: Manoj Tiwary – Captain (CAB), Virat Singh – VC (JSCA), Nazim Siddique (JSCA), Sudip Kumar Gharami (CAB), Shantanu Mishra (OCA), Anustup Mazumdar (CAB), Riyan Parag (ACA), Kumar Kushagra – WK (JSCA), Abishek Porel (CAB), Shabaz Ahmed (CAB), Shahbaj Nadeem (JSCA), Ishan Porel (CAB), Akash Deep (CAB), Mukthar Hussain (ACA), Mani Shankar Mura Singh (TCA)
WEST ZONE: Ajinkya Rahane – Captain (Mumbai), Shreyas Iyer (Mumbai), Prithvi Shaw (Mumbai), Yashasvi Jaiswal (Mumbai), Rahul Tripathi (Maharashtra), Chiraj Jani (Saurashtra), Het Patel (Gujarat), Hardik Tamore (Mumbai), Shams Mulani (Mumbai), Tanish Kotian (Mumbai), Atit Seth (Baroda), Chintan Gaja (Gujarat), Shardul Thakur(Mumbai), Jaydev Unadkat (Saurashtra), Satyajeet Bachhav (Maharashtra)
CENTRAL ZONE: Karan Sharma – Captain (UPCA), Shubham Sharma – VC (MPCA), Himanshu Mantri – WK (MPCA), Yash Dubey (MPCA), Priyam Garg (UPCA), Rinku Singh (UPCA), Ashok Maneria (RCA), Akshay Wadkar – WK (VCA), Gaurav Yadav (MPCA), Venkatesh Iyer (MPCA), Deepak Dhapola (CAU), Aniket Chaudhary (RCA), Kumar Kartikey (MPCA), Aditya Sarvatey (VCA), Ankit Rajput (UPCA)
NORTHEAST ZONE: Ashish Thapa – Captain (Sikkim), Techi Neri (Arunachal), Jonathan Rongsen (Nagaland), Kishan Lyngdoh (Meghalaya), Ankur Malik (Sikkim), Bishworjit K (Manipur), G Lalbiakvela (Mizoram), R K Rex (Manipur), Khrievitso Kense (Nagaland), Techi Doria (Arunachal), Dippu Sangma (Meghalaya), Hokaito Zhimomi (Nagaland), L Kishan Singa (Manipur), Bobby Z (Mizoram), Md. Al Bashid (Manipur)
The fixtures are as below:
DULEEP TROPHY 2022-23
|Stage||Match Name||From Date||To Date||City|
|Quarterfinal 1||West Zone Vs North East Zone||08/09/22||11/09/22||Chennai|
|Quarterfinal 2||North Zone Vs East Zone||08/09/22||11/09/22||Pondicherry|
|Semifinal 1||Central Zone Vs Winner of WZ/NEZ||15/09/22||18/09/22||Coimbatore|
|Semifinal 2||South Zone Vs Winner of NZ/EZ||15/09/22||18/09/22||Salem|
|Final||SF 1 Winner vs SF 2 Winner||21/09/22||25/09/22||Coimbatore|