[caption id="attachment_676538" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/aaron-dhoni.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-676538" alt="Varun Aaron will be leading the Jharkhand side AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/aaron-dhoni.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Varun Aaron will be leading the Jharkhand side AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Out-of-favour India pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/varun-aaron" target="_blank">Varun Aaron</a> will lead Jharkhand in the East Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, putting to rest speculations around <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ms-dhoni" target="_blank">MS Dhoni's</a> availability. With no T20I scheduled at the moment, there were speculations that the two-time World Cup winning captain could feature in the tournament that will be utilised by players to impress the franchises ahead of the IPL auctions. <p></p> <p></p>However, it is learnt Dhoni has asked the state selection committee to not consider his name for the event, which started today in Rajkot with the West Zone match between Mumbai and Baroda. <p></p> <p></p>The 28-year-old Aaron, who has also turned out for India in a career dogged by injuries, has a dependable batting line-up in Saurabh Tiwary, Ishank Jaggi, Virat Singh and Ishan Kishan to provide the platform for its bowlers on the flat pitches. <p></p> <p></p>[link-to-post url="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ms-dhoni-to-miss-out-on-bcci-top-contract-675635"][/link-to-post] <p></p> <p></p><b>Jharkhand squad:</b> Varun Aaron (c), Saurabh Tiwary, Ishan Kishan(wicket-keeper), Ishank Jaggi, Sonu Kumar Singh, Ashish Kumar, Babul Kumar, Nazim Siddiqui, Virat Singh, Kaushal Singh, Sumit Kumar (wk), Samar Quadri, Sunny Gupta, Ajay Yadav, Jaskaran Singh.