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India Test Specialists Cleared to Play Ranji Trophy Semi-final

PTI |December 13, 2017, 10:17 PM IST
India Test Specialists Cleared to Play Ranji Trophy Semi-final

New Delhi: In a bid to keep the Test specialists match-ready, the BCCI has decided to allow the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav to turn up for their respective states in the Ranji Trophy semi-final from December 17-21.

Bengal will be playing Delhi in Pune in the first semi-final while Karnataka will take on Vidarbha in the second semi-final.

"Shami and Wriddhiman Saha will turn up for Bengal while Ishant Sharma might turn up for Delhi. Umesh Yadav will get to play for Vidarbha against Karnataka which will have KL Rahul in their ranks. Since there aren't any practice games in South Africa, it is only fair that they play Ranji Trophy," a senior BCCI official told PTI.

It is learnt that the national selectors also wanted the Test specialists to play the semi-final.

When asked, CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya said: "Yes, Shami and Wriddhi will be playing for Bengal. It has been a good move by BCCI to allow the top stars take part in a marquee match. Ranji Trophy is the premier tournament and at a stage like semi-final, it will be a boost for the Bengal team to get two of its senior most players."

However when contacted, a senior DDCA official said that there is still no clarity whether Ishant will be available for the match.

Ishant, who has captained the side impressively at the group league stage also bowled brilliantly taking 20 wickets in four games.

The final is set to be played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore from December 29.

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AUS
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2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
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8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
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4 England 3663 105
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