Vinoo Mankad Trophy since long has been the go to place for the Under -19 cricketers to show their mettle. The tournament named after the legendary Vinoo Mankad is a huge anticipated event by all. Players with dreams of representing the country give in their all to earn a call from the Indian Cricket team. Meanwhile coaches, selectors also keep close tabs on the tournament with hopes of unearthing the next Tendulkar.
BCCI fields team from the Associate Members
However this year the buzz around the tournament is because of a team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Junior Selection Panel chaired by Venkatesh Prasad picked a 15-man Associate and Affiliate Under-19 squad for the forthcoming Vinoo Mankad One-Day Zonal League (East Zone) Trophy, scheduled to be held in Dhanbad. And that’s not all, the team will be led by cricketer from Meghalaya. Rohit Shah, wicketkeeper batsmen will lead the set up. His deputy will be Shashi Anand, the 19-year-old slow left-arm orthodox bowler from Bihar.
BCCI President Anurag Thakur sounded optimistic and has vowed to provide right platform and facilities to the Associate members for their upliftment.
‘We at the BCCI are committed towards uplifting the Affiliate and Associate States. In a quest to do so, we are constantly working towards providing them with the right platform, facilities, exposure and opportunity, thereby paving a way for the mainstream’, he said to BCCI TV.
It is to be noted that the BCCI has a total of six Associate and Affiliate members. Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim make up the Associate Members contingent. However, players from only four members managed to make the cut, with Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim having no representation in the team. The team opens its campaign against Assam on October 2.
Associate and Affiliate Under 19 Team
Rohit Shah (Captain and WK, Meghalaya); Shashi Anand (Vice-Captain, Bihar); Sedzalie Rupero (Nagaland); Puchu Deb (Nagaland); Nagaho Chishi (Nagaland); Taheemdur Rehman (Nagaland); Anmol Kumar Bony (Bihar); Keshav T (Bihar); Harsh Raj (Bihar); Sabir Khan (Bihar); Lakhan Singh (Meghalaya); Akash Kumar Chaudhary (Meghalaya); Arbin Singh (Meghalaya); Johnson Singh (Manipur).