Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxman, Sreesanth, Wasim Jaffer, Ajit Agarkar, Rohit Sharma, Pravin Kumar, Mohd Kaif and Suresh and many other national players will be descending on to Hyderabad to play limited overs one-day cricket matches this month - the Deodhar Trophy One-Day Cricket Tournament.
This year, the Deodhar Trophy involving the five zones - South, West, East, North and Central - is being played across India. Hyderabad will be hosting four matches, on 14th, 17th, 20th and 23rd March, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. Today, the 1st match of the Hyderabad leg is being played between South Zone and West Zone.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla is the captain for the East Zone. He is supported by Saurav Ganguly, Manoj Tiwary, Arindam Das, Anustub Mazumdar, Haladar Das, Saurav Tiwari, Vriddhiman Saha, Ishant Jaggi, Manish Bardhan, Ranadeb Bose, S S Paul, Dheeraj Goswami, Iresh Saxena, S S Rao, P R Sinha and Surupam Purkayasth. The team is filled with newcomers and youngsters, and is the underdog in this match.
On the other hand, South Zone is led by Tamil Nadu's Badrinath, and has biggies like Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxman, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik and Sreesanth. Other members of this team are Arjun Yadav, Bharat Chipli, Gnaneshwar Rao, Vijay, Vinay Kumar, Kalyan Krishna, Sarvesh Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Raghu, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan and Saurav Bhandekar. The team has an upper hand in this match, and is undoubtedly the favorite.
The match will be of 50 overs each side, and will be the platform for the selection of players for the South Africa series in India. The entry is free, and is limited. Please contact the Hyderabad Cricket Association at 2790-5676 for further details.