<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="S" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130221233044.jpg" title="S" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> R Vinay Kumar is expected to be available throughout this year's Ranji Trophy © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Bangalore: Nov 3, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a> fast bowler <a href="/tags/R-Vinay-Kumar/post" target="_blank">R Vinay Kumar</a> has been retained as <a href="/tags/Karnataka/post" target="_blank">Karnataka</a> captain for their <a href="/tags/Ranji-Trophy-2013-14/post" target="_blank">Ranji Trophy 2013-14</a> season opening game against <a href="/tags/Jharkhand/post" target="_blank">Jharkhand</a> from November 7 in Mysore.<br /> <br /> Vinay, who led the team last year, will once again shoulder the responsibility as he takes charge of a young team.<br /> <br /> Unlike last year, Vinay would be available throughout the tournament. In October 2012, he was a part of the India A squad which faced England.<br /> <br /> Karnataka are in Group A with Jharkhand, Gujarat, Vidarbha, Odisha, Haryana, Punjab, Mumbai and Delhi. Karnataka selectors have announced a 15-man squad which also includes India discard Abhimanyu Mithun.<br /> <br /> Batsmen <a href="/tags/Mayank-Agarwal/post" target="_blank">Mayank Agarwal</a> and R Samarth were picked in the side for their consistent performance. Agarwal was blooded in place of the injured <a href="/tags/Robin-Uthappa/post" target="_blank">Robin Uthappa</a>, who is nursing a tender hamstring and right-handed Samarth was picked up in place of left-handed Amit Verma.<br /> <br /> Left-arm seamer S Arvind returns after recovering from injury. The selectors expect a lot from him as also last season's debutant H S Sharath, who has been in fine form in the season leading up to the Ranji Trophy.<br /> <br /> Left-arm spinner Abrar Kazi joins <a href="/tags/KP-Appanna/post" target="_blank">KP Appanna</a> to complete the bowling line-up led by Vinay Kumar.<br /> <br /> <strong>Squad:</strong><br /> <br /> R Vinay Kumar (c), Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Kunal Kapoor, Manish Pandey, Stuart Binny, CM Gautham (wk), Ganesh Sathish, Abhimanyu Mithun, HS Sharath, KP Appanna, S Arvind, Abrar Kazi, Karun Nair, R Samarth<br /> <br /> Physio: Shravan; Trainer: Nagendra Prasad; Video Analyst: Santosh; Manager (Logistics): K Narayana.