Former Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane who is currently playing for RR in the ongoing Indian Premier League is expected to skip the 2nd edition of the Mumbai T20 League. Ajinkya Rahane led the North Mumbai Panthers last year. However, he won’t be available this time around. The vice-captain of the Indian Test team will be plying his trade for Hampshire in the Royal London ODI Cup. It will be Rahane’s preparation process for the series against Windies which will start just after the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup.
The auction for the 2nd edition of the Mumbai T20 League is going to commence on 4th May. IPL cricketers like Aditya Tare, Shardul Thakur and Sarfaraz Ahmed will go under the hammer on Saturday along with 100 other cricketers. Prithvi Shaw will be playing for the Panthers just like he did in the previous year.
In the absence of Ajinkya Rahane who led them in the last edition, it is yet to be decided who will be in charge of the team this year. Meanwhile, Afghanistan batting coach Umesh Patwal has been made the head coach of North Mumbai Panthers as a replacement for coach Sulakshan Kulkarni.
During this period, Ajinkya Rahane will join Hampshire in the English County Championship as a replacement for Aiden Markram who will join the South African team for the 2019 World Cup preparations. The replacement was confirmed by Hampshire on 25th April. As per expectations, Ajinkya Rahane will play 8 matches in the championship.
Ajinkya Rahane was sacked as the skipper of the Rajasthan Royals not long ago and was replaced by former Aussie skipper Steve. The sacking has helped Rahane as he has looked a totally different player since then and has taken on the opposition bowlers with disdain. The mainstay of Indian middle order in Test cricket, Ajinkya Rahane will definitely make an impression in his first county stint with Hampshire.