Cheteshwar Pujara    AFP
Cheteshwar Pujara AFP

With just a few days to go for Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season, Saurashtra have named a new skipper. India Test regular, Cheteshwar Pujara, will now lead the team against Haryana on October 6. Regular skipper Jaydev Shah will miss the opening tie due to marriage.

Speaking to PTI, Himanshu Shah, SCA media manager, said The senior selection committee meeting of Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) was held today. They selected 15 members for the first game. Pujara has been named as captain and Robin Uthappa will play for Saurashtra this season.

Jaydev Shah, who has been captaining Saurashtra since over last one decade will miss the opening game due to his marriage, which is on October 5, adds Shah. This will also be the first time that Uthappa will be playing for a team other than Karnataka. It was rumoured that he will be playing for Kerela, but the switch did not finalise.

Squad for the first game: Cheteshwar Pujara (Capt), Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Snell Patel (Wicket Keeper), Prerak Mankad, Chirag Jani, Dharmendra Jadeja, Vandit Jivrajani, Avi Barot, Kishan Parmar, Krushang Patel, Shaurya Sanandiya, Hardik Rathod