Panchal is Gujarat's leading run-scorer in this season's Ranji.
Gujarat will start as favourites against Kerala due to a better all-round squad at their disposal.
Uttar Pradesh will start as the favourites against Saurashtra due to the home advantage.
Patel missed out on the major part of the tournament with international commitments.
Ashutosh made his List A debut for Services but moved to his home state this season.
With a dramatic win against Himachal Pradesh, Kerala managed to enter the quarter finals of the Ranji Trophy twice in a row.
Madhya Pradesh lost six wickets at the score of 35 in the space of 23 deliveries.
Wasim Jaffer yet again was the star with the bat, but Vidarbha find themselves in a precarious situation against Saurashtra.
Baroda just about got out of jail in their clash against Karnataka, which culminated inside two days.
Bhatia also expressed his concern on the lack of quality in India's domestic cricket.