Shreyas Iyer named captain of Kolkata Knight Riders

Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan will be aiming to make an impression in the Vijay Hazare 50-over competition. This league gets underway in bio-secure bubbles across six venues on Saturday before the white-ball series against England starts.

Shreyas Iyer and Shikar Dhawan who missed the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for recovering from shoulder injury will be keenly watched during the tournament. The tournament will give the players a chance to impress the national selectors, before the ODI and T20 series against England, which will begin in March.

This is the second domestic tournament to be conducted by the BCCI in this curtailed season after the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the national T20 championship. India is slated to play five T20s in Ahmedabad and three ODIs against England in Pune.

The focus will be firmly on Shreyas, who is back to lead Mumbai, the domestic giants, who also have a new coach in former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar. He will be eager to make an impact and so will the prolific Suryakumar Yadav, who is close to making the Indian team.

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