The Ranji season is approaching and it is a mentionable fact that left arm spinner, Harmeet Singh who was cold shouldered by Mumbai’s selectors throughout the last season has been included in the 27-member pre-season Ranji Trophy along with the Indian veteran speedster, Zaheer Khan. The training camp commences in Mumbai from Monday.
Harmeet was a member of the victorious campaign of the India Under-19 team in the World Cup back in 2012 but on a sad and embarrassing note, he was embroiled in the 2013 IPL spot fixing controversy. But he was cleared of any wrong doing by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). He did not get a chance for Mumbai in the last season. Also, he was not even picked by any IPL franchise in the auction of the 7th season of IPL. He played his last significant game in the 2013 edition of IPL for Rajasthan Royals against Pune Warriors on April 11, 2013.
Speaking to the media, the joint secretary of Mumbai Cricket Association, Nitin Dalal said that Harmeet picked up an injury during the last Ranji season and was out of action for a long span of time. Alongside Harmeet, Mumbai selectors have also picked up their first line spinners, Vishal Dabholkar and Iqbal Abdullah.
The veteran Indian pacer, Zaheer Khan has also been picked in the squad. Zaheer suffered from a strain injury in IPL 7 and missed the major part of the tournament. He has also been picked up for the Indian squad to England and thus this will be a good warm up for this legendary left arm pacer.
“The camp will be on till the start of the next season,” informed Dalal. The camp will be held at Sharad Pawar indoor academy at MCA’s BKC complex.
Players who are picked up for the pre-season camp include :
Wasim Jaffer, Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishsek Nayar, Suryakumar Yadav, Hiken Shah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Avishkar Salvi, Akhil Herwadkar, Sushant Marathe, Kaustubh Pawar, Siddhesh Lad, Sarfraz Khan, Aditya Tare, Wilkin Mota, Vinit Indulkar, Vishal Dabholkar, Iqbal Abdullah, Harmeet Singh, Shardul Thakur, Javed Khan, Saurabh Netrawalkar, Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Jr.), Kshemal Waingankar, Praful Waghela and Shreyas Iyer.