Varun Aaron and Prithvi Shaw    Getty Images, IANS
Varun Aaron and Prithvi Shaw Getty Images, IANS

BCCI had included the Duleep Trophy back in the domestic 2017-18 schedule. However, new issues have left BCCI under a spot of bother. Several players backed out from the tournament minutes ahead of the opening encounter between India Red and India Green. While some were eyeing county stints, others were not fit for the match. With around 10 cricketers unavailable for the tournament, Prithvi Shaw and Varun Aaron have been drafted in as last-minute replacements in India Green and India Red respectively. This happened after Shreyas Iyer and Parvez Rasool opted out of the India Green squad: Iyer is nursing an injured knee while Rasool is likely to leave for Hajj, as reported by Cricbuzz.

On the other hand, India Red skipper Abhinav Mukund is down with dengue while Dhawal Kulkarni and Ambati Rayudu will not be available for the tournament. Siddarth Kaul, earlier a part of India Green, was picked for India Red ahead of the tournament opener at Lucknow s Ekana International Stadium. As things stand now, India Red have a 14-member squad while India Green are playing with a 13-member squad.

However, there is no official announcement on the replacements for India Blue team at least as of now.

India Green: Parthiv Patel(c & wk), Murali Vijay, Karun Nair, Ravikumar Samarth, Ankit Bawne, Varun Aaron, Nitin Saini, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Mayank Dagar, Prashant Chopra, Aniket Choudhary

India Red: Dinesh Karthik (c), Gahlaut Rahul Singh, Priyank Panchal, Sudip Chatterjee, Ishank Jaggi, Rishabh Pant, Baba Indrajith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi, Ashok Dinda, Chama Milind, Prithvi Shaw

India Blue: Suresh Raina (c), Samit Gohel, Srikar Bharat, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Manoj Tiwary, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Ishan Kishan, Jayant Yadav, Bhargav Bhatt, Kaushik Gandhi, Ishant Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot, Sagun Kamat, Jaydev Unadkat