Kochi Jan 11: Sachin Baby will lead Kerala in the South Zone leg of the National Twenty20 Championship for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to be held in Chennai.
Star batsman Sanju V. Samson has been picked in the squad. The KCA decided not to take any disciplinary action against the youngster after Sanju tendered an apology for for violating the code of conduct during a Ranji Trophy match against Goa.
Pacer Sandeep Warrier has been named Sachin's deputy. Kerala will take on Andhra in their opening match on January 29.
The team: Sachin Baby (capt), Sandeep Warrier (vice-capt), Mohammed Azharuddeen (wk), Sanju Samson, Rohan Prem, Jalaj Saxena, Raiphi Vincent Gomez, P. Prasanth, Iqbal Abdulla, Fabid Farooq, Manu Krishnan, Basil Thampi, Vinod Kumar, Vishnu Vinod and Rohan S. Kunnummal.
Reserves: Asif K.M., Jibin Joseph
Kerala's fixtures: vs Andhra on Jan 29; vs Karnataka on Jan 30; vs Hyderabad on Jan 31; vs Goa on Feb 2; vs Tamil Nadu on Feb 3.