The Deodhar Trophy commencing on October 23rd will have a slight change in its format. The tournament will continue to feature 3 teams, but will not include the Vijay Hazare Trophy winners. This time, the 3 teams will be India A, captained by Dinesh Karthik, India B captained by Shreyas Iyer and India C captained by Ajinkya Rahane.
On Thursday, Saba Karim the GM of Game Development informed that the decision regarding the new format was taken during the technical committee meeting of the BCCI. It was also decided during this meeting that the Vijay Hazare champions will not be playing.
This will be a high stakes tournament for many players. India A captain Dinesh Karthik has plenty to prove after being excluded from the first two ODIs against West Indies. His team will feature teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw, veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Siraj, Siddharth Kaul, Krunal Pandya, Dhawal Kulkarni, Nitish Rana, and Karun Nair.
India B will feature the likes of Varun Aaron, who performed well in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy on behalf of Jharkhand, Mayank Agarwal, Jaydev Unadkat, Hanuma Vihari, Deepak Chahar, Manoj Tiwary, and Shahbaz Nadeem. The team is being captained by Shreyas Iyer.
India C is being captained by star Test player Ajinkya Rahane and will feature players like U-19 sensation Shubman Gill, veteran player Suresh Raina, Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar, Abhinav Mukund, Rajneesh Gurbani, Jharkhand captain Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav.
Surprisingly, players representing the nine new teams in domestic cricket have not been picked in any of the teams.