Ashwin may play Ranji Trophy for Tamil Nadu
India off-spinner R Ashwin may be available for Tamil Nadu’s first match of the upcoming Ranji Trophy season, to be played against Andhra at Chepauk from October 6.Ravichandran Ashwin is an Indian international cricketer. An all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off break, Ashwin plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket Chennai Super Kings and the Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL
Ashwin, who is currently in England representing Worcestershire in county cricket, is expected to be back in the city by October 1. If the 31-year-old all-rounder, who wasn’t picked for the ongoing Australia ODI series, doesn’t feature in the squad for the three-match T20I series against Australia starting October 7, then there is every chance of him featuring for Tamil Nadu in the season opener as the New Zealand ODI series begins on October 22.
A top Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) official said that if Ashwin is available then they “are hopeful” of him turning out for the state. “We are hopeful that he would play if he is available. He did play in the inaugural TNPL in 2016 immediately upon arriving from the West Indies tour. If he plays, then it will be a big boost for TN,” said the official.
Ahead of Tamil Nadu’s Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Karnataka in Visakhapatnam last year, the TNCA had included Ashwin in their squad but the offie was ruled out of the squad before. Ashwin, who has played 90 first-class games and 160 List A matches, did lead Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in the 2015-2016 season.In his ongoing stint with Worcestershire, Ashwin picked up a five-for in his maiden county match and on Monday he had scored 82 against Durham.The Tamil Nadu squad for the upcoming season is expected to be selected in a couple of days’ time.