GUWAHATI: Former Vice President of Assam Cricket Association, Porikshit Dutta, has been appointed as an observer for the inaugural match of the IDFC First Bank Australia tour of India.
The much-anticipated first game of the 5-match T20 series is slated to take place on November 23 in Visakhapatnam.
“We are delighted to announce that ACA’s former Vice President Porikshit Dutta has been appointed as an observer for the first match of the IDFC First Bank Australia tour of India, taking place on November 23, 2023, in Visakhapatnam,” read a post by the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) on its official social media handle on Wednesday.
Having previously served in this capacity on multiple occasions, Dutta brings a wealth of experience and insight to the role of the observer.
His presence during key matches has been instrumental in ensuring smooth proceedings and maintaining the integrity of the game.
That’s not all, fans of the sport in the Northeast would be able to savour a match of the series live as Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati is set to host the third T20 match on November 28.
Earlier on November 21, the Men’s Selection Committee unveiled the squad for the upcoming 5-match T20I series against Australia, with Suryakumar Yadav as the new skipper.
Accompanying him as the vice-captain for the last two T20Is in Raipur and Bengaluru is the Indian middle-order batter, Shreyas Iyer.
Meanwhile, on a slightly disheartening note, Riyan Parag, the promising talent from Assam, has been omitted from the upcoming T20I series against Australia.
Parag, who has captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts nationwide with his remarkable batting and bowling performances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, was not included in the selected squad.
Earlier, while addressing this exclusion, ACA Secretary Trideep Konwar clarified to the press that there has been no official declaration regarding Parag joining the national team.
The decision seems to have sparked discussions among cricket enthusiasts, given Parag’s recent standout performances in the domestic competition.
India’s squad: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shivam Dubey, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar