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Harbhajan Singh (above) was named captain with Gurkeerat Singh Mann as his deputy Getty Images (File Photo)

Mohali: Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will lead the Punjab team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy domestic T20 tournament which begins on January 29. The Senior Selection Committee of Punjab Cricket Association on Monday met under the chairmanship of Bhupinder Singh Sr. to select the Punjab team for the tournament. Harbhajan, who took a break from cricket for eight months, was named captain with Gurkeerat Singh Mann as his deputy. Punjab will kickstart their campaign against Haryana at Amtar (Himachal Pradesh) on January 29, followed by matches against Delhi on January 30 at Dharamshala, against Jammu and Kashmir on January 31 at Dharamshala, against Services on February 1 at Dharamshala and against HP at Dharamshala on February 2. The team will leave for Amtar on January 27. Coach Arun Sharma and bowling coach Harvinder Singh will accompany the team.

Earlier, India s veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said it was his late father Sardar Sardev Singhs dream to see him become a cricketer. Harbhajan will next be seen in the upcoming episode of popular singing reality show The Voice India Season 2 . He will be cheering for 19-year-old contestant Farhan Sabir. Finding similarities with Farhan s situation in life, Harbhajan also remembered his days of struggle, reported IANS.

Farhan is a fabulous singer and I literally got goosebumps when he was performing on stage. Farhan and my story is somewhat similar and that got me even more connected to him, Harbhajan said in a statement.

The Team: Harbhajan Singh (c), Manan Vohra, Pargat Singh, Jaskaran Singh Sohi (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sharad Lumba, Anmolpreet Singh, Nikhil Chaudhary, Siddharth Kaul, Manpreet Singh Grewal, Sandeep Sharma, Varun Khanna, Baltej Singh, Rahul Sharma, Ramandeep Singh, Anmol Malhotra.