One of the most stunning fielders of the Indian line up in the era of Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy, Mohammad Kaif has been struggling with his form for quite a few years now. Recently, he made a move to Andhra team and signed a 3-year contract with them ahead of the 2014-15 domestic season. This move was confirmed by the Andhra Cricket Association’s (ACA) director of cricket operations, MSK Prasad. And also it was stated that Kaif will captain the side for the upcoming season.
Kaif has made his first-class debut in 1997-98 and has played 13 tests and 125 One Day Internationals for India. He has been a dependable player for Uttar Pradesh.
On being asked about this, Kaif said that he was not enjoying the game anymore in the environment there and needed to be in a team with a better frame of mind. He also stated that Andhra board approached him earlier but he refused then as Uttar Pradesh was in the middle of the season. So he decided to make himself move to Andhra before the start of this season.
Kaif is a great player in the domestic level and he has got 9277 first-class runs under his belt in 160 first-class matches at an average of 40.86 which is incredible. Also, he played a vital role for Uttar Pradesh in 2005-06 in their road to Ranji Trophy victory in 2005. Also the Andhra board is pretty happy to get Kaif in their line up and it is felt that Kaif can be a great guide for young players in the team and also he can lead the side perfectly.
Andhra did not have a good Ranji season currently and they just managed to win a single match from a total of 8 matches. Andhra has also appointed a new coach and they look forward to have a positive domestic season under the likes of their new captain and Coach.