A preparatory camp, involving 25 Bengal probables, for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy began under the supervision of Vision 2020 consultant V.V.S. Laxman and head coach Arun Lal at the Jadavpur University ground here on Thursday.
Seamer Ishan Porel, who is undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, will join the camp later.
Left-arm spinner Pradipta Pramanik, a late addition to the camp, will report on Friday.
Bengal has been clubbed with Odisha, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Hyderabad in Elite Group B. The matches will be played here from January 10.
Arun Lal said Bengal would be ready for the challenge. “We have had a lovely Bengal T20 Challenge tournament where each player got 10 matches to play, so I think we will be well prepared by the time the tournament starts.