New Delhi: One of the emerging talents in Indian cricket, Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan has switched allegiance, and will turn up for Uttar Pradesh from the upcoming season.
According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Naushad Khan, Sarfaraz's father, had approached Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association secretary Rajiv Shukla for the transfer.
"I spoke with Rajiv Shukla [UPCA secretary] about the desire to return to my roots and he welcomed Sarfaraz back with open hands... Obviously Shuklaji has clarified that Sarfaraz will have to perform in the selection trials first but he is no stranger to proving himself time and again," the report quoted Naushad.
Naushad, who hailed from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, himself is a coach himself. He groomed Sarfaraz from childhood and at 12, his son became a sensation after breaking scoring a record 439 runs in the Harris Shield inter-school tournament for Rizvi Springfield against Indian Education Society.
Then, a 17-year-old Sarfaraz made headlines in the 2015 edition of Indian Premier League, turning up with some fine performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Confirming the transfer, Mumbai Cricket association (MCA) Jt secretary PV Shetty said he "tried to convince them to stay back in Mumbai", but "Naushad and Sarfaraz had made up their mind". So with no option left, he decided to give the No Objection certificate (NOC), the report added.
Sarfaraz made his Ranji debut for Mumbai last year against Bengal, but failed to consolidate a permanent spot in the team with a string poor performances following the break.
In April, the MCA withheld Sarfaraz's entire match fee for the season after he allegedly made an inappropriate gesture during a Cooch Behar Trophy (U-19) game.