The former India opener Murali Vijay pulls out of the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and will miss the entire domestic season. The Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 is scheduled to play from January 10, 2021.
Murali Vijay Pulls out of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
“He informed us that he would be skipping the upcoming season for personal reasons. He did not mention anything further,” a TNCA official told.
Murali Vijay will miss the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s because of personal reasons. L Suryapprakash will be his replacement. K Vignesh, who is Covid-19 positive, has been replaced by R S Jaganath Sinivas in the probable squad
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Vijay last played for Tamil Nadu during their Ranji Trophy clash against Karnataka at Dindigul in 2019. Murali had featured in three matches for the Chennai Super Kings during the IPL-13.
Vijay was earlier named in the state probables for the domestic T20 competition.
“It is a very big blow for us ahead of the season because he is an experienced campaigner and brings solidity at the top. But his absence gives other players an opportunity to make an impact for the stateside,” said the official.
TNCA has included opener L Suryapprakash in place of Vijay.
Vignesh tests positive for Covid-19, out of domestic T20s
Medium-pacer K Vignesh tested positive for covid-19 and will not be part of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s.
“He is the only player to have tested positive. All players and support staff are being tested once in three days. The quarantine restrictions mean that he will certainly miss the tournament,” said a TNCA official.
All-rounder RS Jagannath Srinivas has been named as Vignesh’s replacement.
Tamil Nadu’s practice matches canceled
The practice matches to be played among the TN probables at the MA Chidambaram Stadium have been cancelled.
“Once we got a positive Covid-19 result (K Vignesh), we decided to cancel the matches. We will commence the practice matches once the squad is announced on Monday,” said a source close to the development.
Tamil Nadu are part of the Elite B group in the tournament and play their matches in Kolkata. They will start their campaign against Jharkhand on January 10.
Updated Probables List for Tamil Nadu team
Dinesh Karthik (c), B Aparajith, B Indrajith, Vijay Shankar, M Shahrukh Khan, L Suryapprakash, C Hari Nishaanth, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, K.B Arun Karthik, Akshay V Srinivasan, N Jagadeesan, M Abhinav, Aswin Crist, M Mohammed, G Periyasamy, Sandeep Warrier, S Harish Kumar, R S Jaganath Srinivas, R Silambarasan, J Kousik, R Sonu Yadav, M Ashwin, L Sathiyannaarayanan, M.E Yazh Arun Mozhi, R Sai Kishore, M Siddharth.