India’s senior players continue flying away from home towns in the Domestic circuity as former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif is ready to leave Uttar Pradesh to join Andhra for the upcoming domestic season.
Kaif led Uttar Pradesh to two Ranji Trophy finals, had a poor first-class season last year with the bat though. In 11 first-class games(including Ranji, Duleep and Irani trophies), Kaif managed to score just 265 runs at an average of 16.56, failing to score even a single fifty.
Kaif did regain some form by scoring two fifties in the central zone one-dayers however. Following the forgettable season, Kaif contested the general elections for the Indian National Congress where he lost from the Phulpur constituency in UP.
According to Andhra Cricket Association’s Director for cricket, India’s former Wicket keeper-Batsman MSK Prasad said that Kaif’s form with the bat wasn’t a matter on their mind when they finalised to bring him in.
Talking on Kaif’s inclusion, ACA of Cricket, MSK Prasad talked over Kaif.
“For a side like ours with an average age of 22, we were looking to bring in someone experienced who could lift the spirit of the side,” said Prasad. “Kaif is one guy who can build that spirit within the team. That’s the reason we have picked him.”
Andhra finished bottom third in the lowest division (3rd divison) of the Ranji Trophy last year. Amol Muzumdar, the domestic stalwart who was a professional with them for two years, leaving Andhra midway through the season, the young side lacked the finishing touch towards the end of the season.
“Our youngsters need a role model to look up to, one guy who they could look up to and walk up to for anything they require,” Prasad said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better person than Kaif for this role. He is someone who has achieved the maximum with minimum cricket.“