The former Under 19 winning team player and current player of RCB, Iqbal Abdullah, has taken a surprising move by switching over to Kerala for the upcoming domestic season. Along with him the Mumbai batsman Bhavin Thakkar too have signed to play for Kerala in the upcoming domestic season. Both of them have been issued No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the MCA to play for Kerala.
Abdullah shifting his base out of Mumbai is a bit surprising as Mumbai team is an elite team whereas Kerala is a plate level team and plays in Group C. Also the Mumbai team won the Rani trophy this year and it’s a surprising move to shift from the champion state to some other state but after listing to Iqbal Abdullah it looks like he has a valid point
“I’m thankful that I got a chance to play for Mumbai for almost a decade, but I want to play for India `A,’ and then eventually India and that can’t happen if I play four-five games in a season. I need to play more, which I’ll get playing for Kerala,” Abdulla told TOI on Thursday.
“Despite doing well in the pre-season tournaments, I was ignored for the first five games. After I was recalled in the middle of the season, I took 20 wickets in six matches, and that tally could’ve been much more if I was played more,
“I don’t want anyone to feel bad about this. I’m leaving Mumbai to get more chances to play, and not leaving cricket,” he added.
This is the reason why Abdulla has taken this step as no one has a guaranteed place in Mumbai squad. Mumbai’s loss will be a big gain for Kerala as Abdullah has a rich experience of playing in big leagues.
Maybe an early call but we may see the selectors handing over reins to Iqbal Abdulla as he is the most experienced campaigner in the roster. Also, it is to be noted that Kerala team has experimented with two captains in last two seasons including Sanju Samson, both of them have failed to deliver.
Especially Samson who got buried under pressure and could only score 208 runs in 8 matches of Ranji trophy. So we may see Abdulla, being also made the captain of the team.
Abdullah made his who made his debut for Mumbai in 2007 and has taken 152 wickets in the state in 50 first class matches he played for them.