Few top contenders for J&K Ranji Trophy squad

By: Mohsin Kamal

After a below average show in Vijay Hazare Trophy, J&K is set to play its first match of Ranji Trophy on November 1st at Swami Man Singh Stadium a...

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After a below average show in Vijay Hazare Trophy, J&K is set to play its first match of Ranji Trophy on November 1st at Swami Man Singh Stadium against Rajasthan.

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The trials which were monitored by outside state selectors concluded today at Sher-I-Kashmir Stadium, Srinagar and squad is expected to release tomorrow.

The trial camp was attended by all the known cricketers of state and hopefully the best among the lot will make it to the team. However, there are a few players who have been around for a while, waiting for a full-fledged opportunity.

Undoubtedly a lot of them can be named, though here I have identified three batsmen as batting has been the real concern for J&K. If provided the chance, these players can help J&K improve their batting performances,

Let’s know who they are:

Imran Haroon: The right-handed opening batsman, Imran Haroon is one of the unluckiest talented cricketers of our state. Despite being a highly skilled batsman, he hasn’t got enough opportunities to cement his place in the side.

Imran, 29, is the only J&K batsman to score a century on his debut. He though just appeared in 5 matches after the dream debut against Bengal that too in various seasons.

Openers recently couldn’t do much in Vijay Hazare Trophy and JKCA might opt for three openers in the Ranji squad and Imran Haroon is the best choice to go with.

Owais Shah: The flamboyant Srinagar born cricketer, Owais Shah was exceptional for J&K in the last year’s Ranji Trophy. He played a few fiery knocks in spite of being added to the squad for last some matches.

His absence from the One-day squad too was questioned, so hopefully he will make it to the team this time around.

Haziq Bhat: Another southpaw, Haziq Bhat is one of the promising young batting talents present in J&K. He has done quite well in the age-group level cricket, which makes him a contender for senior side.

As J&K has been lacking a dependable middle-order batsman, Haziq can surely fill the place. It would be interesting to see whether selectors take a call about this youngster or not.

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