The season has already begun (more or less) with the Corporate Trophy. What was once touted as a fresh new thing in the BCCI calendar is now merely an also-ran, with teams pulling out, star players opting out and even telecast rights not given to anyone- last season, Neo Sports and Neo Cricket showed the event, while this time, followers are dependent on scorecards on Cricinfo. Several current and reserve Indian players, including Yuvraj Singh, RP Singh, Amit Mishra and Badrinath are listed, and among notable exclusions are the Pathan brothers.
In other news, Mumbai have picked their provisional squad with Jaffer as captain, as well as all internationals in the list. Long-serving wicketkeeper Vinayak Samant has quit the team and is elsewhere. Mumbai is, as the piece says, yet to lose under Jaffer, and already have two straight titles in the shelf. Tamil Nadu have appointed three specialist coaches for batting, bowling and fielding, after their previous head coach, former international opener WV Raman, shifted to Bengal. Elsewhere, Sreesanth had initially stated that he'd shift to an Elite league team, but stayed in Kerala. The people running that association, having already demoted him from captaincy, don't seem too patient with him, especially when he plays so few games for that team.