Mumbai: Young Delhi batsman Unmukt Chand has been named captain of India’s Under-19 squad for the Asian Cricket Council’s Under-19 Cup in Kuala Lampur from June 23 to July 2. Twelve of the 16 players were part of the squad that won the Quadrangular Series in Townsville, Queensland in April – under Chand’s captaincy – while Sanju Vishwanath Samson and Vijay Zol are the new inclusions.
Unmukt, who scored a century in the Quadrangular Series final, was also a part of the Delhi Daredevils’ squad in the recent IPL season. Zol, a teenaged batsman from Maharashtra, made the headlines earlier this year after he scored an unbeaten 451 in the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy. Samson, a wicketkeeper-batsman from Kerala, has been named in India’s squad after a series of impressive performances. He and Zol earned contracts with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, respectively.
India begin their campaign in the tournament opener against Nepal on June 23. The other participating teams include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Qatar.
The tournament – which started in 1997 – is a major preparation for India ahead of the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in Queensland in August.
India U-19 squad: Unmukt Chand (captain), Akshdeep Nath (vice-capt), Manan Vohra, Akhil Herwadkar, Baba Aparajith, Vijay Zol, Sandippan Das, Vikas Mishra, Sandeep Sharma, Rush Kalaria, Mohsin Sayyed, Smit Patel, Harmeet Singh, Kamal Passi, Sanju Vishwanath Samson