Biplab to lead State

Cuttack: Biplap Samantaray will lead state in the season-opener All India Buchi Babu Invitation Tournament to be held in Chennai from August 18-September 3.

The state selectors on Friday picked 16-member cricket squad coached by former India seamer Deabasis Mohanty. Gobind Poddar will be Samantaray`s deputy in the invitational tournament.

The squad : Biplab Samantaray (capt), Gobind Poddar (vice-captain), Natraj Behera, Paresh Patel, Subhrajit Sahoo (wk), Sujit Lenka, Haladhar Das (wk), Abhilash Mallick, Rakesh Mohanty, Basanta Mohanty, Alok Mangaraj, Deepak Behera, Aravinda Singh, Ranjit Singh, Sudipta Swain, Sukanta Das. Coach: Debasis Mohanty.

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