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Murali Vijay (right) and Ravichandran Ashwin’s presence will certain bolster the Tamil Nadu side as they might be up for stiff opposition IANS

Chennai: Former BCCI president and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) supremo N Srinivasan has made it clear that he would like star players Ravichandran Ashwin and Murali Vijay to play for the state during their upcoming Ranji Trophy quarter-final tie against Karnataka from December 23. “We want them to play and they are both keen to play,” said Srinivasan on the sidelines of the ongoing fifth Test. Vijay and Ashwin’s presence will certain bolster the Tamil Nadu side as they might be up for stiff opposition if both KL Rahul and Karun Nair turn up for Karnataka. However Vijay’s shoulder injury sustained while fielding during the current Test match meant that he could not open the batting alongside Rahul.

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It is there to be seen if Vijay gets fit by the time the quarters start after the Test match concludes on December 20. The former BCCI president also wants Vijay to prove his fitness before the domestic game. “Ashwin is going to Dubai to attend the inauguration of an academy the day after the Test ends but will be back in time for the Ranji quarterfinal,” said Srinivasan. However, chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has hinted that a few regular Indian players will be rested for the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 knockout stages, which begins from December 23. India, of late, have had many injury concerns.

The likes of Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Wriddhiman Saha, Ajinkya Rahane and Jayant Yadav have suffered injuries during different stages of the ongoing India versus England Test series.