While a host of talent scouts with all the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises will be prepping for the next month’s Player Auction by watching the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy proceedings, the national selectors will be keeping a close eye on Delhi’s matches in the league stage, to be held over the next nine days, starting with a face-off against arch-rival Mumbai on Monday.

After all, the league stage is going to be a sort of final fitness test for Ishant Sharma ahead of India’s forthcoming series against England. The veteran pacer from Delhi has been out of action for a long time, returning midway through the IPL owing to a side strain.

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