Biplab to lead Odisha in EZ T20 league


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Ranji skipper Biplab Samantray was retained as the Odisha T20 captain of the 16-member squad for the Syed Mustaq Ali T 20 East Zone League Tournament 2013-14 to be played in Kolkata from April 1 to 5.

While young all-rounder Govind Poddar was retained as Biplab’s deputy, Natraj Behera, who was out of the T20 squad last season also made a come back to the side. After a forgettable 2012-13 Ranji season,  Natraj hit four consecutive tons last season, after being dropped for two games in DRIMS Ground in Tangi. That evidently forced the selectors to bring him back to the T20 squad as well.

The team, accompanied by manager Bijay Kumar Das and coach Debasis Mohanty would leave for Kolkata on Saturday, Odisha Cricket Association sources informed on Friday.

Odisha T20 squad: Biplab Samanatray (captain), Govind Poddar (vice-captain), Natraj Behera, Paresh Patel, Bikash Pati, Basant Mohanty, Suryakant Pradhan, Deepak Behera, Arvind Singh, Jayant Behera, Anurag Sarangi, Haladhar Das (wicketkeeper) Sujit Lenka (wicketkeeper), Bibhudatta Panda, Lagnajit Samal and Syed Moinuddin.