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Ankeet Chavan celebrates a wicket with his team-mates AFP/Getty Images
Ankeet Chavan celebrates a wicket with his team-mates AFP/Getty Images

Ankeet Chavan’s Life Ban For His Involvement In 2013 Spot Fixing Ends

Ankeet Chavan was arrested in 2013 alongside Ajit Chandila and S Sreesanth by the Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing during the IPL sixth edition. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to end his ban and now the Mumbai spinner will be able to play professional cricket.

BCCI has finally accepted Mumbai left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan’s plea that he be allowed to play professional cricket since Board Ombudsman DK Jain has reduced his life ban to seven years.

Ankeet Chavan was arrested on charges of spot-fixing during IPL's sixth edition.© AFP
Ankeet Chavan was arrested on charges of spot-fixing during IPL’s sixth edition.© AFP

Ankeet Chavan Will Now Be Able To Play Professional Cricket After BCCI Ends His Ban

Sources within the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) confirmed the development to ANI on Tuesday.

“Yes, the BCCI has ended Chavan’s ban and he will now be able to play professional cricket,” the source said.

S Sreesanth
S Sreesanth

In 2013, Ankeet Chavan was arrested on charges of spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) sixth edition. He was arrested by the Delhi police alongside Ajit Chandila and S Sreesanth. The trio was at that time playing for Rajasthan Royals. Though he’s 35 now, the spinner thinks he can make it back into the Mumbai team.

While the ban in principle got over in September 2020, unlike S Sreesanth, whose order for a similar term reduction arrived last August, the spinner had to wait till May 3, 2021, to get a copy of the order from the ombudsman.

He subsequently requested the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to apply to the BCCI for a confirmation letter, a requisite for him to return to competitive cricket, which he received on June 15 from Hemang Amin, BCCI interim chief executive.

Ankeet Chavan And S Sreesanth Were Banned From Cricket For Life In 2013

In September 2013, Ankeet Chavan and S Sreesanth were banned from cricket for life by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee. However, in July 2015, the Delhi Court gave a clean chit and discharged him of all the charges in the IPL spot-fixing case.

S Sreesanth’s ban was lifted by the BCCI last year, and as a result, the pacer made a comeback in domestic cricket and he even represented Kerala in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Ankeet Chavan. (TOI Photo)
Ankeet Chavan. (TOI Photo)

Ankeet Chavan, 35, has played 18 first-class matches, 20 List A games, and 26 T20s. His last representative match was against the Mumbai Indians in the 2013 IPL season. Ankeet Chavan was one of three Rajasthan Royals players, along with S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila, to be charge-sheeted by the Delhi Police at the time. S Sreesanth had received his order before his ban ended last year, allowing him to participate in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earlier this year.

S Sreesanth made a stellar statement by picking a five-wicket haul in the 50 overs Vijay Hazare Trophy a few days after all IPL franchises decided to ignore him in the 2021 auction. S Sreesanth picked 13 scalps in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as he was the 9th highest wicket-taker among bowlers.

S Sreesanth, ban
S Sreesanth (Image Credit: Google)

S Sreesanth Bowled Leg Spin In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Match

S Sreesanth has made the headlines since the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy began on January 10. There was a lot of spotlight on him even before the start of the tournament as he was making a comeback after a huge gap of close to seven years after spot-fixing led ban and desperately wanted to take the field.

The veteran of 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is and close to 200 wickets in all formats combined also got very emotional after picking his first wicket against Puducherry in the opening game of the team in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.

Shanthakumaran Sreesanth
S Sreesanth. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

S Sreesanth Praised Yashasvi Jaiswal Calling Him Good Batsman

He was called out for sledging the youngster batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal during the match against Mumbai and the latter ended up hitting him for two back to back boundaries. S Sreesanth himself then took to Twitter to praise the Mumbai youngster calling him a very good batsman while also stating that he always gives his 100% on the field no matter what.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal (Image Credit: Google)

The Kerala pacer continued to hog the limelight on Sunday as well and this time it was for his different style of bowling. He is known to bowl at a rapid pace.

S Sreesanth last played T20I way back in 2008 and Test and ODI back in 2011. The biggest shock in his volatile career came when he was among three Rajasthan Royals players arrested in May 2013, along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, for the alleged fulfilling of promises made to bookmakers in the IPL. In September, the BCCI’s disciplinary committee found him guilty of spot-fixing and banned him for life which was later revoked.

S Sreesanth Bowls Leg-Spin Like Anil Kumble:

S Sreesanth is known for his long run-up and pace but during the match against Andhra Pradesh, at the Banda Kurla Complex in Mumbai, he bowled leg-spin and ended up picking a wicket as well. With the result being inconsequential in the match, he decided to bowl leg-spin and his action seemed similar to Anil Kumble.

However, he bowled a short delivery only for the batsman Ashwin Hebbar to rock back and play a pull shot. But it didn’t go the distance and Vishnu Vinod pouched a simple catch in the deep.

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Though S Sreesanth was in the news for trying out a different bowling action and picking up a wicket, Kerala didn’t have a great day on the field. After being put in to bat, they could only muster 112 runs in 20 overs despite losing only four wickets. In response, Andhra Pradesh rode on top knocks from Ashwin Hebbar (46) and Ambati Rayudu (38*) to chase down the target in the 18th over.

He returned with the figures of 1/25 in his three overs while Jalaj Saxena picked up two wickets in defence of a low score. Kerala won the first three matches of the tournament and this ended up being their first loss.

Azharuddeen And Azharuddin
Azharuddeen And Azharuddin

Kerala’s Mohammed Azharuddeen Not Worried About IPL 2021 Auction

Mohammed Azharuddeen of Kerala was not too worried about it when asked if he was looking forward to the IPL auction scheduled next month.

Mohammed Azharuddeen of Kerala wouldn’t have set out on the arduous journey of cricket to emulate the veteran Hyderabad’s Mohammed Azharuddin, if not for a cricket-crazy elder brother Mohammed Kamaruddeen who is a die-hard fan of the former India captain.

Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin
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Mohammed Azharuddeen Met Mohammed Azharuddin Twice Or Thrice

While the first step towards fulfilling his family’s dream was taken when he was chosen to represent Kerala in 2015, he shot into the national limelight recently with his 37-ball 100 in the domestic T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Mumbai.

“I have met him like twice or thrice. Once in my hometown and once in Hyderabad when we were there to play Ranji Trophy and he was the head coach of Hyderabad. I shared the story of how I was named after him with Mohd Azharuddin sir,” Azharuddeen told PTI.

“To be frank, like my elder brother, I did not follow Azharuddin sir. I have just watched a few videos of his on Youtube,” the Kerala stumper added.

Mohammed Azharuddeen Kerala
Mohammed Azharuddeen Kerala

The 26-year-old from Thalangara in north Kerala’s Kasaragod town, known for its love for cricket rather than football, said the blistering knock would have surely pleased his brother Kamaruddeen, who had changed his youngest brother’s name from Ajmal to Azharuddeen after his birth.

From his name to his career option, everything to do with the renowned elegant middle-order batsman who played 99 tests and 334 one day matches for India was decided by his elder brother. The journey continues, though. Mohammed Azharuddeen has seven brothers and all are cricket crazy fans.

“My family is a cricket family. I have seven elder brothers. Everyone has played cricket. Obviously they follow the game when I play. Even if they don’t watch, they used to follow the scorecard,” he added.

About his memorable knock against Mumbai, which was the third-fastest T20 ton by an Indian batsman, the 26-year-old revealed that he had not made any special preparation prior to that.

Mohammed Azharuddeen Of Kerala Was Earlier An Opener But Dav Whatmore Made Him A Middle Order Batsman

The player’s game was affected after he was dropped down in the batting order by former coach Dav Whatmore.

“I am an opener. After Dav Whatmore came as coach he made me a middle-order player. I came down the order due to team requirements. It was not a good slot for me. I just requested the coach (Tinu Yohannan) to allow me to bat in the right slot, which is opening. I like to hit straight. One of my strengths is hitting straight. I am good at hitting straight, against fast bowling and spin bowling. It was a true wicket (in the game against Mumbai) and I batted with confidence,” he added.

Asked if he was looking forward to the IPL auction scheduled next month, Mohammed Azharuddeen said he was not too worried about it.

“I am in a good zone. I am not worried about the IPL auction or something. I am just concentrating on our fourth match against Andhra,” he said.

When asked about his goals, Mohammed Azharuddeen mentioned playing in the extravagant IPL and scoring hundreds in Ranji Trophy.

“Not for this year actually. There are some goals, play IPL, score a few hundreds in Ranji trophy. I (made my) debut in 2015, I didn’t get a chance to bat in top-order. Now I am clear about how to approach my batting, clear in my mind,” Mohammed Azharuddeen, a big fan of India captain Virat Kohli and M S Dhoni, said.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. Photo Credit: Getty Image.

He also said he looked up to fellow Kerala cricketer Sanju Samson. Coach Tinu Yohannan, a former India pacer, said making Mohammed Azharuddeen open the batting gave him the freedom to express himself.

“It was a very good display. We decided to open with him. He is a free-stroking player and likes to play shots. He had the freedom to play his game and he has expressed himself,” Yohannan said of the keeper-batsman.

Also, he said Mohammed Azharuddeen has done well since age-group cricket and has come through the system.

“He has come through the system. Since his young days he has shown a lot of promise and was admitted to the Kerala Cricket Association Academy in Kottayam,” the coach added.

The wicket-keeper batsman played 22 first-class matches, 24 List A games and 22 T20 games since 2015. He has a solitary first-class ton besides the talked about a ton in T20.

Sanju Samson, India A
Sanju Samson (Image Credit: Google)

Sanju Samson Dreams To Represent India In Tests

Sanju Samson, wicket-keeper batsman has said his dream is to represent India in Test cricket. He has played seven T20Is for India totalling only 83 runs averaging a pathetic 11.85 but is yet to play in Test matches or ODIs for the Men In Blue.

The Rajasthan Royals star who scored 375 runs in 14 IPL 2020 games realizes he would need to be patient and wait for his opportunity to play the longest format of the game.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. Image Credit: Twitter.

Sanju Samson: Test Cricket Is Biggest Challenge And Dream To Represent India In Tests Too

Sanju Samson feels a proper cricketer needs to play Test cricket to prove himself while speaking to Mid-Day.

“Test cricket is the biggest challenge. If you want to be a proper cricketer, you have to play Test cricket. My dream has always been to represent my country in Tests. But, I also realize that it’s always one step at a time, so slowly and patiently I will wait for that to happen.” said Sanju Samson.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. Image Credit: IPL.

He also insisted that although batting has been his priority for the past few years but he has shown his worth as wicket-keeper and fielder too. The Kerala captain feels the role of a fielder has given him more dimension as a cricketer. He pulled off a sensational fielding effort during Australia’s innings in the 3rd T20I when he leapt full length to save a certain six. Earlier against New Zealand too he had pulled off a sensational fielding effort to save a certain six in the fifth T20I at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

“I want to score as many runs as possible. Batting is my priority. Across the last seven or eight years, I have not only played as a wicketkeeper but also as a regular fielder. This has given me more dimensions as a cricketer. I am ready for any role, batting, wicketkeeping or fielding,” added Samson.

Sanju Samson played three T20Is against Australia recently in 2020 but could only manage 48 runs scoring 23, 15 and 10 in the 3 T20Is. The 26-year-old will now be seen in action in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy commencing January 10 where he is going to lead Kerala.

Sanju Samson: Every Sportsman Should Experience Bubble Feeling

Playing in recent times in bio-bubbles has taken a toll on the players, but Sanju Samson feels every sportsman should experience bio-bubble. However, he said that he connected with his inner self while being in a bubble and was able to think a lot about his game as living in bio bubble proved a blessing in disguise to him.

“I think every sportsman should experience that bubble feeling. We always tend to shy away from connecting with our inner selves in normal times. But living in a bubble was a blessing in disguise for me. I got a lot of free time so that I could read and meditate more and also think about my game and devise ways to improve it.” said Samson.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Image Credits: Twitter

Sanju Samson will have to pull up his socks if he wants to play for India in Tests. The 26-year-old averages 37.64 in 55 first-class games with 10 tons. The likes of Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant are clearly ahead of him in the pecking order, but Sanju Samson still has time on his hand to improve upon his first-class numbers.

Arjun Tendulkar, Bapuna Cup
Arjun Tendulkar (Image Credit: Google)

Arjun Tendulkar Included In Mumbai Squad After BCCI Allowed 22 Members

Arjun Tendulkar, all-rounder and son of legendary former batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been included in the Mumbai squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He was earlier ignored for a place in the 20-member squad announced earlier.

Arjun Tendulkar has finally been included in the Mumbai squad for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The young all-rounder had originally missed the cut after he failed to make an impact during the warm-up fixtures.

Arjun Tendulkar
Arjun Tendulkar (Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Arjun Tendulkar Called Up As BCCI Allows 22 Members In Squad

As per a report in the Mid-Day, BCCI has now allowed the state participating teams to include 22 members in the squad. Hence, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) called up Arjun Tendulkar, who can contribute in both the departments of the game by bowling left-arm pace and he bats left-handed, unlike his father. This is Arjun Tendulkar’s maiden call-up to the senior state team who missed out despite being close to selection in the 2018/19 season as well.

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: Google)

In the practice matches, 21-year-old Arjun Tendulkar had scalped four wickets and scored 7 runs in four matches. Even though he hasn’t played senior cricket so far, he has represented India in the Youth Test matches.

The left-arm pacer also has experience of bowling at the Indian team nets. He has bowled against a few English batsmen. During one of the sessions, he had injured England’s opener Jonny Bairstow and forced him to miss a complete practice session.

Arjun Tendulkar In Mumbai Squad Led By Suryakumar Yadav

Talking of the Mumbai squad, senior batsman Suryakumar Yadav who performed consistently in IPL’s last 3 seasons for Mumbai Indians will lead the team in the upcoming T20 tournament. He will be assisted by Aditya Tare, a former Mumbai captain. Young opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal, who represented India U-19 at World Cup last year, also made the cut. He was part of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Dhawal Kulkarni will lead the pace attack while India all-rounder Shivam Dube is also part of the squad. Mumbai’s Shreyas Iyer is injured during Australia’s limited-overs tour and will be missed this tournament.

Arjun Tendulkar and pacer Kruthik Hanagavadi were the two latest additions to the original 20-man squad which was announced by Mumbai’s new selection panel on December 26. The tournament begins on January 10 will see Mumbai being placed in Group E battling it out with Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Andhra and Pondicherry.

Arjun Tendulkar, who is a left-arm quick and a left-hand batsman, has represented Mumbai Under-19 and India Under-19 in the past but this is the first time he has been picked in the Mumbai senior side. He was first picked for India Under-19 in June 2018 for two four-day matches in Sri Lanka.

Squad: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Aditya Tare (Vice-Captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Aakarshit Gomel, Sarfaraz Khan, Siddhesh Lad, Shivam Dube, Shubham Ranjane, Sujit Nayak, Sairaj Patil, Tushar Deshpande, Dhawal Kulkarni, Minad Manjrekar, Prathamesh Dake, Atharva Ankolekar, Shashank Attarde, Shams Mulani, Hardik Tamore, Akash Parkar, Sufiyan Shaikh, Arjun Tendulkar, Krutik Hanagavadi.

Yuvraj Singh, retirement
Yuvraj Singh, Image Credit: Getty Images.

I Am Not Sure Of The Exact Reason For BCCI Denying NOC To Yuvraj Singh: Yograj Singh

Yuvraj Singh was denied by BCCI to represent Punjab again as he wasn’t granted the permission to come out of retirement and play the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for his home state starting from January 10.

The cricketer retired from all forms of cricket in 2019 and also featured in the Global T20 Canada and Abu Dhabi T10 leagues which are global leagues later in the year.

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh. Image Credits: Twitter

Yuvraj Singh Reconsidered His Retirement In 2019 But Wasn’t Granted Permission By BCCI To Play For Punjab Again

However, upon subsequent request from the Punjab Cricket Association, Yuvraj Singh reconsidered his retirement plan and decided to play again in the upcoming season to groom the youngsters of Punjab squad as well. He was also named in the probable squad of his home state Punjab for the tournament.

Accordingly, Yuvraj Singh wrote a letter to the BCCI to grant him permission to stage a comeback in domestic cricket. But BCCI denied him the permission by not issuing the No Objection Certificate for unknown reasons. His exposure by participating in the overseas T20 league already after retirement could be one of the reasons for the BCCI’s decision as it had earlier disqualified Pravin Tambe from playing in IPL 2020 for KKR for the same reason.

Yuvraj Singh In Global League
Yuvraj Singh In Global League-Getty

In June 2019, Yuvraj Singh was selected to play for the Toronto Nationals franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament. He also played for the Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 League 2019.

Yuvraj Singh’s Father Jograj Singh Unsure Of Reason Behind BCCI’s Objection

Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh has reacted on the same issue that he is also not sure of the exact reason for permission denial. He also felt the BCCI should instead give some more time for the retired cricketers to make a comeback to the sport and spend time with the youngsters.

“I am not sure of the exact reason (for BCCI denying NOC to Yuvraj), as I’m yet to speak with Yuvi on the same. But it’s entirely the choice of the BCCI. However, I feel that ample time should be given to retired players to make a comeback and play with the young boys, who have a lot to learn from them,” Yograj said while speaking to Asianet Newsable.

Yograj Singh
Yograj Singh (Photo Credits: Web)

Yograj Singh also felt that it is also of considerable importance to give something back to Indian cricket as it has given everything to his son Yuvraj Singh. He also said that as a father, he will be very happy if Yuvraj Singh grooms a few cricketers who will represent the country in future while also revealing that the southpaw continues to practice even now despite taking retirement and hanging his boots in June 2019.

“Meanwhile, besides playing, giving back to the boys and Indian cricket is very important. If he can produce four-five players for the country in the coming years, it would be great. I will be very, very happy. He continues to practice even today. I think it’s all about how you feel. I believe it is very important to give back. If you are doing so, I think that is the greatest thing you are doing rather than playing cricket,” Yograj added.

Yuvraj Singh is an all-rounder who bats left-handed in the middle order and bowls slow left-arm orthodox and is the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi actor Yograj Singh. He was a member of the Indian cricket team in One Day Internationals (ODIs) between 2000 and 2017 and was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and one of the top performers at the 2007 ICC World T20, both of which India won. He played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is.

Sreesanth. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Sreesanth Ready To Re-Build His Cricket Career; Named In Kerala Squad For Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021

Sreesanth, who has been eagerly waiting for his comeback in the game of cricket, has been named in the Kerala squad for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021, which will start on January 10. This will be his first competitive tournament since 2013 when he was banned for spot-fixing in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

Sreesanth’s reduced ban of seven years ended in September earlier this year. Since then, he has been many time came out to show his desire to rebuild his career in cricket. And finally, he has got that golden opportunity.

Sreesanth named in the Sanju Samson-led Kerala Squad:

Sreesanth Ready To Re-Build His Cricket Career; Named In Kerala Squad For Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 1
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Kerala Cricket Association (KCA), on Wednesday, announced Kerala’s squad for the national T20 tournament. Sanju Samson will lead the Kerala team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T/20 Tournament. Sachin Baby is his deputy.

Besides, Sreesanth, Samson and Baby, the other players are Basil Thampi, Jalaj Saxena, Robin Uthappa, Vishnu Vinod, Salman Nizar, Nidheesh M D and Asif KM.

Sreesanth took to Twitter to share his joy of being named in the squad. He is focused to have a restart of his cricket career.

“There is nothing stronger than a broken man ,who has rebuilt himself..” Thnks a lot for all the Supoort nd love ..#Gods grace #humbled #cricket #keralacricketassociation #bcci #grateful #respect #love #bestisyettocome,” he tweeted.

Sreesanth, 37, was banned for a lifetime before pleading for reducing his ban in the high court. In 2019, BCCI cut off his ban to seven years.

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Earlier, the speedster was included in the list of players for the local T20 event in Alappuzha this month. But the inaugural KCA President’s Cup T20 was deferred as the KCA did not get the government nod due to the spread of coronavirus.

The discarded India pacer, who played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs, and 10 T20Is, last played international cricket in August 2011.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav To Captain Mumbai In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Suryakumar Yadav, flamboyant batsman will lead a 20-member Mumbai squad at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy National T20 Championships, which will start the 2020-21 domestic season next month on January 10 in all probability. The Mumbai Cricket Association named their squad on its website on Saturday.

Apart from Suryakumar Yadav, wicket-keeper Aditya Tare, young batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal, batsmen Sarfaraz Khan, Siddhesh Lad and all-rounder Shivam Dube have been named in the squad. Pace duo of Dhawal Kulkarni and Tushar Deshpande will lead the bowling attack, which also comprises spinners Atharva Ankolekar and Shams Mulani.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Suryakumar Yadav’s Omission From Australian Tour Was Criticized After Consistent Performances In IPL

The association said in its release that all the selected players will be required to undergo an RT-PCR test for Covid-19 and they should carry the negative report while reporting at the Wankhede Stadium on December 29. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will kick off the domestic seasons and domestic heavyweights Mumbai will play their matches in Mumbai only.

Suryakumar Yadav was in excellent form in the four-team practice match and also has the experience of captaining Mumbai in domestic cricket. Back in November, he was also a part of the Mumbai Indians’ IPL-winning squad in the UAE. Suryakumar Yadav has scored above 400 runs in last three IPL seasons and scored 480 runs in IPL 2020 averaging exactly 40 in 16 games.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal (Image Credit: Google)

He has performed consistently for the Rohit Sharma-led franchise and the fact that he didn’t make the cut for the Australia tour raised a lot of criticism and eyebrows. For the concerned tournament, Aditya Tare has been appointed as his deputy. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 164 runs in the warm-up games and he has been included as well. He scored 40 runs in 3 games in his debut season in IPL 2020.

Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur And Arjun Tendulkar Failed To Make It To Mumbai Squad For Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

In the Mumbai squad, Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur haven’t gotten chances for various reasons. Shreyas Iyer is recovering from a shoulder injury while Shardul Thakur is currently in Australia as a net practice bowler for the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy that India are trailing by 0-1 in 4 Test series.

In the meantime, Arjun Tendulkar, the son of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, failed to make the Mumbai squad. As per the Mumbai Cricket Association’s release, the selected players in Mumbai squad will have to report at the iconic Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, December 29.

Squad: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Aditya Tare (Vice-Captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Aakarshit Gomel, Sarfaraz Khan, Siddhesh Lad, Shivam Dube, Shubham Ranjane, Sujit Nayak, Sairaj Patil, Tushar Deshpande, Dhawal Kulkarni, Minad Manjrekar, Prathamesh Dake, Atharva Ankolekar, Shashank Attarde, Shams Mulani, Hardik Tamore, Akash Parkar and Sufiyan Shaikh

MS Dhoni, Rashid Latif
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

MS Dhoni Not Coming Out Of Retirement To Play The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 For Jharkhand

Unlike Suresh Raina, former Indian captain MS Dhoni is not taking a u-turn from international retirement to feature in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 for Jharkhand. This means he will be playing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 without a proper match.

After being unavailable from international cricket for over one year, MS Dhoni retired on August 15 ahead of the IPL 2020. It was deemed that the 13th edition of the IPL might be his last stint in cricket. But the wicketkeeper-batsman denied any such rumours after commentator Danny Morrison had asked Dhoni whether he would be donning the yellow jersey again or not before their final match. His answer was ” Definitely Not.”

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: IPL)

But MS Dhoni had a disappointing and a forgetful one IPL. Under his captaincy, CSK didn’t qualify for the first time in the playoffs and even finished as the second last in the points table. His own performance was under scrutiny after he was struggling to finish the game like he used to.

The reason for his degrading performance was that he didn’t get enough matches ahead of the IPL to get back into the groove. And similarly, it will be the case in the next season.

No MS Dhoni in the Jharkhand team for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy:

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

As he has not decided to come out from retirement, he will not be playing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy next year which would have helped him to perform

Former India cricketer Suresh Raina meanwhile, announced on social media last week that he will be playing representing Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. Raina had retired on the same day as Dhoni but he missed playing in the IPL for CSK due to “personal reasons”.

Ranji Trophy Winner Jaydev Unadkat Will Lead Saurashtra In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021
Jaydev Unadkat. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Ranji Trophy Winner Jaydev Unadkat Will Lead Saurashtra In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021

After taking the Saurashtra to their maiden Ranji Trophy in the last season, Jaydev Unadkat has been named the captain of the Saurashtra team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which is scheduled to begin from 10th of January in 2021.

The Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) on Friday announced the 20-member squad through a media release after its senior selection committee held an online meeting.

Jaydev Unadkat can become the first Saurashtra captain to lift Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy:

Jaydev Unadkat
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Jaydev Unadkat had a poor Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, proving to be too expensive bowler for Rajasthan Royals. It will be interesting to see how Unadkat performs in a 20-over domestic format with the additional burden of leading the team.

Contrastingly, Jaydev Unadkat has also the golden opportunity to lead Saurashtra to lift their maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The side has not even reached the final of the tournament. The state board will hope as he has guided his side to maiden Ranji Trophy, he can repeat that miracle in the shortest format.

Saurashtra in Group D:

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Saurashtra is placed in Elite Group D along with Services, Vidarbha, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The league matches will be played at Indore.

As far as the squad is concerned Prerak Mankad, Chirag Jani, left-handed batsman Arpit Vasavada, wicket-keeper-batsman Harvik Desai, who were undoubtedly going to play, have been named.

The bowling attack, to be led by Unadkat, also has left-arm pacer Chetan Sakariya and slow-left arm orthodox bowler Dharmendrasinh Jadeja.

Saurashtra Squad: Jaydev Unadkat (Captain), Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avi Barot, Harvik Desai, Arpit Vasavada, Samarth Vyas, Vishwarajsinh Jadeja, Chetan Sakariya, Prerak Mankad, Divyarajsinh Chauhan, Vandit Jivrajani, Parth Bhut, Agnivesh Ayachi, Kunal Karamchandani, Yuvraj Chudasama, Himalay Barad, Kushang Patel, Parth Chauhan and Devang Karamta.

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