Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament, and National Cricket Academy head Rahul Dravid has suggested he should take another four weeks out to rehabilitate from his finger injury. In the absence of Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar will lead Tamil Nadu in the tournament.

Karthik was named captain, but he is currently suffering from a knee injury and has been recommended to rest for six weeks. “I spoke with Rahul Dravid about Washi, and he told me that the player is still not ready,” TNA secretary S Ramaswami stated. “Rahul advised us not to rush him, and we are following his advice.

Washington, who hasn’t played since the World Test Championship final, is expected to be fit to bat but not to bowl, according to NCA experts. Since returning from England in May, Sundar has missed the Test series in England, the IPL for RCB, and the T20 WC. “Because his right index finger has not healed, he still has difficulty bowling. He has the ability to play as a pure batsman, but he risks exacerbating his ailment “, according to Ramaswami,

While Karthik has been forced to sit out, Tamil Nadu will be able to use T Natarajan’s services. “Karthik had taken injections before playing in the IPL playoffs (for Kolkata Knight Riders). As a result, Vijay Shankar has taken his place as captain, “Ramaswami disclosed.

The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will begin on November 4th, and teams must report to the venue on October 27th. In Elite Group A, incumbent champion Tamil Nadu is joined by Punjab, Orissa, Maharashtra, Goa, and Pondicherry. Lucknow is where they play their league games.