Maharashtra batsman Vijay Zol has been named captain of the India Under-19 squad for the ACC Asia Cup in the UAE, which will begin on December 28.
Kerala wicketkeeper Sanju Vishwanadh Samson, who was part of the Under-19 team for the Asia Cup in 2012, has been appointed Zol's deputy. Samson, who made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut with Rajasthan Royals, has hit a purple patch in domestic cricket, having scored a double-century and century this season.
"The All-India Junior Selection Committee met in Delhi on 27th November to pick the Indian team for the ACC U-19 Asia Cup to be played in the UAE in December 2013 January 2014," said a statement from Anurag Thakur, Joint Secreatry, BCCI.
Zol shot into limelight when he scored an unbeaten 451 during a domestic U-19 match in 2011. During the U-19 World Cup last year, he scored 151 runs in six matches at an average of 25.16.
India have been clubbed in Group A with arch-rivals Pakistan, Nepal and hosts UAE. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Malaysia make up Group B.
India start their campaign against the UAE at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Dec 28, followed by matches against Nepal (Dec 29) and Pakistan (Dec 31), which will be held at the Dubai International Stadium. The final is slated for Jan 4 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Squad: Vijay Zol (captain), Sanju Vishwanadh (v-c), Akhil Herwadkar, Ankush Bains, Ricky Bhui, Shreyas Iyer, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav, Amir Gani, Karan Kaila, C V Milind, Avesh Khan, Rishi Arothe and Monu Kumar Singh.
28th Dec: India vs UAE (Sharjah Cricket Stadium) Pakistan vs Nepal (ICC GCA 1) Bangladesh vs Malaysia (Abu Dhabi Oval 1) Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi Oval 2)
29th Dec: India vs Nepal (ICC GCA 1) Pakistan vs UAE (Sharjah Cricket Stadium) Bangladesh vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi Oval 1) Sri Lanka vs Malaysia (Abu Dhabi Oval 2)
31st Dec: India vs Pakistan (Dubai International Stadium) Nepal vs UAE (Sharjah Cricket Stadium) Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Sheikh Zayed Stadium) Afghanistan vs Malaysia (Abu Dhabi Oval 1)
2nd Jan: 1A vs 2B (SF1) (Sharjah Cricket Stadium) 1B vs 2A (SF2) (ICC GCA 1)
4th Jan: Final (Sharjah Cricket Stadium).