The season will begin shortly, with two Challenger Trophy teams announced- India Blue and India Red.
India Blue squad for the Challenger Trophy: Yuvraj Singh (capt), 2 Akshath Reddy, 3 Naman Ojha (wk), 4 Mandeep Singh, 5 Ankit Bawane, 6 Abhishek Nayar, 7 Manish Pandey, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Ankit Rajpoot, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 12 Iresh Saxena
India Red squad for the Challenger Trophy: Irfan Pathan (capt), Robin Uthappa, Abhinav Mukund, Saurabh Tiwary, Gurkeerat Mann, Kedar Jadhav, Smit Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhimanyu Mithun, Umesh Yadav, Suraj Yadav
Delhi have yet to announce their team, but this time, the State team may be a lot more competitive. These Blue and Red teams are usually very disjointed, and made the most against a Bengal side that was missing Dinda, Shami and Manoj Tiwary. This Delhi team will have at least four players trying hard to secure or regain their places in the national side.
In other news, Ramesh Powar joined Rajasthan, Ashok Malhotra is Bengal's chief coach while Ganguly is the chairman of the state's coaching committee (to help develop cricket at lower levels). Harmeet Singh, on the other hand, is struggling to get a contract, after that match-fixing mess where he was barely involved, and his bid to join Vidarbha was unsuccessful. Hopefully he won't miss out on this season.