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Bhajji to miss Duleep semis, Gambhir to lead North Zone

In a big setback for North Zone ahead of the Duleep Trophy semi-final against Central Zone, captain Harbhajan Singh has been forced to sit out due to viral fever as Gautam Gambhir will step in as the leader, at the PCA Stadium on Wednesday.

‘I am disappointed at not being able to participate in the all-important match. I have not been keeping well for the last three days, but hopefully will be fit for the final if we win,’ Harbhajan said.

Harbhajan, who last played a Test for India in March 2013 against Australia, led a successful campaign last year when North shared the trophy with South Zone after the final in Kochi was virtually washed out. All eyes will now be on Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, as the duo will look to impress the selectors ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Apart from the Delhi duo, Yuvraj Singh will also be looking to make impression in the all-important game.

Squads NZ: Gautam Gambhir (C), Virender Sehwag, Parvinder Awana, Samiullah Beigh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Mann, Jiwanjot Singh, Mandeep Singh, Rajat Paliwal, P Rasool, Harshal Patel, Nitin Saini (wk), Yuvraj Singh. Central Zone: Piyush Chawla (c), Mahesh Rawat, Amit Mishra, Anureet Singh, Robin Bist, Faiz Fazal, A Ghosh, K Yadav, A Menaria, Naman Ojha (wk), Ishwar Pandey Pankaj Singh, S Srivastava, Jalaj Saxena, Karn Sharma.
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