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Kaif quits as Uttar Pradesh captain

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September 25, 2011

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Mohammad Kaif led UP to their first Ranji Trophy triumph in 2005-06 © AFP
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Mohammad Kaif has stepped down as captain of Uttar Pradesh [UP] after six years in the role. He would like to remain a part of the side, he said, as a batsman.

"I am happy with my stint as captain of the UP side. In the last six years, we reached four finals and once won the [Ranji] title," Kaif told Times of India in Bangalore, where he is with Royal Challengers Bangalore for the Champions League T20. "But now I want to play just as a batsman. I informed him [UP Cricket Association secretary Rajiv Shukla] about this after the Challenger Trophy. There is no dearth of talent in the state. Whoever is chosen [as the next captain], I will support him."

India batsman Suresh Raina has been named captain, while RP Singh will be his deputy.

Kaif was named captain for the 2005-06 domestic season, leading UP to their maiden Ranji title that year, as well as the final of the domestic one-day tournament, which they lost to Railways. UP has made two Ranji finals under Kaif since, losing to Delhi in 2007-08 and Mumbai in 2008-09.

UP play their first Ranji fixture of the 2011-12 season against Punjab from November 3.

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Posted by Sidhb on (September 26, 2011, 4:02 GMT)

Kaif is an exmaple of a talent gone waste, Never ever to realise his full petential. God knows if he was victim of system or simply plain unlucky. Still loved by all..Best of luck kaif.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2011, 2:40 GMT)

My idol ............just wanna see you again in Team India.........just keep playing....may Allah Bless you

Posted by   on (September 25, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

he is a fighter and will always remain a fighter

Posted by   on (September 25, 2011, 4:56 GMT)

Love you Kaif....I am a big fan of urs.....Hoping and praying that you make a comback soon....atleast in test cricket as you deserve it much

Posted by Rumy1 on (September 24, 2011, 8:32 GMT)

Kaif still can make it in both ODI and Tests. He just needs a a few hundreds or a double hundred. Once Mohinder Amarnath takes over he should be in as Srikkanth had a bias for his own favorites.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2011, 4:46 GMT)

@ David: If only he could bat or bowl, he would have made into IPL, CL or Indian team more regularly. As no international team have vacancies with only fielding as a specialty.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

But it is just so disappointing that Kaif couldn't make it at the international level. Brilliant fielder. If only he could bowl, he would have stayed on in the Indian side!

Posted by Zaeb on (September 23, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

well done mate.. !! you made the right call.. coz it is much much better to step down. than to be thrown out.. it will help you pile on more and more runs

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