In a bid to keep himself in shape ahead of the IPL, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly will lead Bengal's challenge in the upcoming domestic one-dayers for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The state selectors picked a 16-member squad on Saturday and with regular Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary doing national duty in Australia, they opted to name Ganguly as captain and did not to name a vice-captain.
Bengal will begin their campaign against Orissa in their zonal league of the meet to be held here from February 20-28.
Ganguly had led Bengal in three Ranji matches this season.
Chairman of state selection committee, Deep Dasgupta said, "Sourav was so keen to play for Bengal that he did not do commentary in the Commonwealth Bank series."
The 39-year-old is the mentor and captain of Pune Warriors in the upcoming IPL V.
The Squad: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Anustup Majumdar, Joyjit Basu, Subhamoy Das, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Arnab Nandi, Sanjib Sanyal, Iresh Saxena, Mohammad Shami Ahmed, Ashok Dinda, Sourav Sarkar, Arindam Ghosh, Sourasish Lahiri, Shreevats Goswami and Debabrata Das.