Maharashtra will be without the services of their star batsman Vijay Zol when they take on Karnataka in the Ranji finals on January 29th after the batsman was directed by the Indian board to attend the Under-19 World Cup preparatory camp in Bangalore.
New Delhi: Maharashtra batsman Vijay Zol will not be available for his state side in the Ranji Trophy final match due to Under-19 World Cup preparatory camp in Bangalore.
The final preparatory camp of India U-19 squad has started at the National Cricket Academy on Tuesday.
Vijay Zol celebrates his half-century against Mumbai in the Ranji quarter-finals. Pic/Suresh KK
Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI's general manager cricket operations, told cricket website ESPNcricinfo.com that the question of BCCI allowing Zol to contest the final, starting in Hyderabad from January 29, didn't even arise. "It was told to the Maharashtra Cricket Association that Zol will be released only for the semifinal," Shetty told the website.
Maharashtra coach Surendra Bhave said it was unfortunate for the 19-year-old left-hander to miss out on an opportunity to play the Ranji final, that too in his debut first-class season.
"I would say competing in Ranji Trophy final is much better than going through monotonous drills in the nets, but we can't do much about it," Bhave said.
"The team as a whole won't suffer much since we have a ready replacement for him," he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association had sought BCCI's permission for releasing Zol for the semifinal. But with Maharashtra beating Bengal within three days, Zol reported at the NCA on the opening day of the camp.