Speedster Zaheer Khan, who has not played a single game since getting injured in the last IPL season, and veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer, have been included in the 28-member strong Mumbai probables for the upcoming season in four-day as well as one day formats of the game.
Veteran Mumbai batsman Wasim Jaffer today termed the sacking of the state Ranji Trophy coach Sulakshan Kulkarni as harsh and said Mumbai Cricket Association should have waited till the end of the season to replace him.
Former Test batsman Wasim Jaffer today expressed his disappointment at the way India openers performed in the last few overseas tours but said the team should stick to the same combination of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.
Bengal captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla in the past 15 years has played a number of match-winning innings, a few match saving knocks, provided important breakthroughs but never earned back the faith of national selection committees after being dumped when he was just 19.
Veteran Wasim Jaffer on Wednesday was named captain of Mumbai for their four-day Ranji Trophy Group A fixture against Orissa, starting at the Wankhede Stadium on December 14, in place of the injured Abhishek Nayar who is out of the game.
Jharkhand batsman Saurabh Tiwary compiled his maiden double ton, a swashbuckling 238, before the team`s bowlers stifled Mumbai`s batsmen only to loosen the grip on a rollercoaster second day two of their Group A Ranji Trophy match here on Saturday.
It was a day for India discards in the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament as Vikram Raj Vir (VRV) Singh, Abhnav Mukund, Yusuf Pathan, and Wasim Jaffer did well for their respective teams in the fifth round that started Thursday.
Seasoned opener Wasim Jaffer cracked his 50th century in first class cricket to rally champions Mumbai from a difficult situation on day one of their Ranji Trophy Group A clash against fellow-state rivals Vidarbha at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
After recording back-to-back away victories, 40-time champions Mumbai, led by seasoned left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan, will take on a strong Delhi outfit in their first Ranji Trophy home game of the season at the BKC ground here from November 14-17.
Taking a cue from the national selectors, it seems the new panel of Mumbai selectors are giving youngsters a chance to prove their mettle. The list of Mumbai probables for upcoming Ranji Trophy includes young Arman Jaffer who interestingly might get an opportunity to play with his uncle Wasim Jaffer in the same team.