Mohammad Shami returned to action in the Vijay Hazare Trophy after a prolonged gap of about nine months following his knee surgery © Getty Images (File Photo)
Mohammad Shami returned to action in the Vijay Hazare Trophy after a prolonged gap of about nine months following his knee surgery © Getty Images (File Photo)

Kolkata: Fit-again India pacer Mohammed Shami will play two matches for Bengal in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 cricket tournament as the state today picked a 16-member squad. “Shami will play first two matches and that’s why we have picked a 16-member team and included Alok Pratap Singh as the 16th member,” according to a Cricket Association of Bengal official. The India pacer, who has been named in the ODI and T20Is squads for the upcoming Australia Tour, returned to action in the Vijay Hazare Trophy after a prolonged gap of about nine months following his knee surgery. Mohammed Shami returns to competitive cricket as Uttar Pradesh beat Bengal by 4 wickets in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16

Shami bowled only 18 overs and bagged three wickets from two matches in the domestic one-dayers. Manoj Tiwary will lead Bengal who will open their campaign against Hyderabad in Nagpur January 2 in group A of the tournament which will be held in a round robin cum knock-out format. Bengal are clubbed with defending champions Gujarat, Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Vidarbha and they will leave for Nagpur on the New Year’s eve.

Earlier, Shami got two wickets on his return to competitive cricket after nearly 9 months but Uttar Pradesh comfortably beat Bengal by four wickets in a group D league match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, here today. Batting first, Bengal managed a modest 221 in 48.3 overs with only Sudip Chatterjee playing well for his 97.

The squad: Manoj Tiwary (c), Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Sudip Chatterjee, Debabrata Das, Pankaj Shaw, Pramod Chandila, Aamir Gani, Pragyan Ojha, Sayan Sekhar Mondal, Mohammad Shami, Ashok Dinda, Mukesh Kumar, Anurag Tiwari and Alok Pratap Singh.