Sanju Samson was appointed as the Kerala captain for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament on Thursday. The event will be held from October 16 to November 6 across various venues. Kerala will open their Group B campaign in the tournament with a match against Himachal Pradesh in Mumbai. Samson will try to show his batting skill alongside his leadership quality in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy which will keep him in the range of national selectors.
Rohan Kunnummal is the vice-captain of the side, while former Tamil Nadu cricketer M Venkataramana is the head coach of Kerala this season.
All-rounder Shreyas Gopal moved in Kerala from Karnataka last month. The leg-spinner could be the leader of Kerala's spin attack accompanied by veteran spinner Jalaj Saxena, who was the highest wicket-taker in the last Ranji Trophy season with 50 scalps.
Kerala squad: Sanju Samson (captain, wk), Rohan Kunnummal (vice-captain), Shreyas Gopal, Jalaj Saxena, Sachin Baby, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Vishnu Vinod, Abdul Basit, Sijomon Joseph, Vysakh Chandran, Basil Thampi, KM Asif, Vinod Kumar, Manu Krishnan, Varun Nayanar, M. Ajnas, P.K. Mithun, Salman Nissar.