India domestic news December 3, 2011

Agarkar pulls out of Mumbai squad

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Ajit Agarkar, the Mumbai seamer, has not been named in Mumbai's squad for the Ranji Trophy Elite group match against Saurashtra that begins in Rajkot from December 6, after he declared himself unavailable for the game. According to Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) secretary Nitin Dalal, Agarkar had submitted a letter addressed to him and Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI chief administrative officer and MCA vice-president, stating his unavailability.

"He [Agarkar] has given it in writing, making himself unavailable for the Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra," Dalal told ESPNcricinfo. Agarkar did not provide any specific reasons for his unavailability, but it is understood that he was reluctant to play following his abrupt departure from Cuttack on November 29, after being left out of Mumbai's playing XI.

Agarkar had said earlier that he had left soon after the match began because he was disappointed at not being informed beforehand of his exclusion, and that he did not find any reason to sit sulking in the dressing-room.

He found support from his team-mate and India fast bowler Zaheer Khan, who said Sulakshan Kulkarni, Mumbai's coach, and Milind Rege, the chairman of the selection committee, could have handled the situation better and criticised them for "pulling back Mumbai's cricket". Rege subsequently questioned Zaheer's remarks, but there has been no official action against Agarkar or Zaheer for their public outbursts so far.

Zaheer, who bowled 22 overs in Cuttack on his return to competitive cricket after an ankle surgery, has been included in the 15-member squad against Saurashtra. Zaheer was provisionally selected for India's tour of Australia, the condition being he prove his fitness in the Ranji Trophy first. Sushant Marathe, who is yet to play a match this season, has found a berth in the 15-man squad as well.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 6, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    nice to see mumbai struggling to pick even a single wicket against saurashtra without agarkar....very happy

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    It was a very disgraceful moment which should have been averted.If Ajit was selected he should have been included in the final eleven or otherwise he should have been told before the departure from Bombay.Ajit is on decline and he has no prospect of playing for India again.He wants to play 1st class cricket simply because he wants to remain in the IPL.The players have two choices, either to announce the retirement well in time or get insulted. Milind Rege was not at all at fault.His job was to select the team of 15 and it is upto the captain and coach to pick the final eleven.

  • ameyamumbai on December 4, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    He was given just one game before leaving him out! How can you do that? A player who played a significant part in winning the team a trophy just a season earlier to the last one! Strange! Salvi and Agarkar both were back from injuries. So, the selection based on current form shouldn't be an issue in this case.

    It can do a huge damage to the mental balance and confidence of a player of a stature as high as Agarkar.

    I would say that this episode has been an uncalled-for situation created by Jaffer and Kulkarni.

    And that too without any strong base to their decision.

  • on December 4, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    it is very obvious to get dispointed when you have played for India over 10 years and you get such low treatment from management.. Agarkar also said that he dont play for money, He plays for his team.. he didt do any wrong by expecting respect for his contribution. he is a legend and always will be.. Management should respect the seniors, and should respect the one more when he is honest in his carrier.

  • satish619chandar on December 4, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Needless controversy created and is now in full flow.. There was a way created for testing Zak's fitness and both the parties(Team mgmt and Agarkar) should have had a mini chat about that and then decided the course.. Anyway, Mumbai is not entirely dependant on Agarkar as they have some more bowlers to look upon and so is Agarkar.. He can pick any team to play..

  • on December 4, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Agarkar always deserved more than he got from Indian Cricket and its below the surface movements within the team and on the outside as well.

  • aditya.anil22 on December 4, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @ ilovusenthil please check his stats from 2005-september,2007. he has taken 85 wickets in 54 matches @ 1.58 wickets per match. Kapil dev played 225 matches and took 252 wickets, if Agarkar would have played 225 matches he would have end up with 350 wickets.

  • on December 4, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    @ ilovusenthil When U service for some one for more than 10 years u expect some respect, And this is not first time Mumbai cricket has done something like this to a mumbai legend(let India I M TAlking only of his contribution to Mumbai) .Two years ago they literally dropped Amol majumdar from the side Inspite he being the poster boy of mumbai cricket(Apart frrom indian internationals) for a while and serving for more than 15 years, mca needs to respect its senior players. and for his statistics for india dude they are as follow 191 188 9484 8021 288 6/42 6/42 27.85 5.07 32.9 10 2 0 and about his economy it is FAR better than our current SET of BOWLERS.

  • cricketmaniagola on December 4, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Thats sad on Agarkar ...he played most of the cricket on wickets as flat as highways and bowled better than others over a big part of his carrier....there is no reason that he is out of Indian ODI squad since 2007...anybody can have an off day ...why not the same treatment for batsman if they fail in one or two outings...i cd name a few Yuvraj ..Sehwag inspite of repeated failures got backing from Ganguly who never had confidence in him ..he kept shuttling Nehra n Agarkar in n out of the team n destroyed them..Raina getting backing from Dhoni.....Agarkar and Nehra both have made more comebacks than any other International Indian cricketer......Comebacks r really difficult ask Sidhu or Kambli..As a captain only Dravid showed lot of confidence in him....regarding tests...he is not a bad bowler ..just sheer hard luck..that he was not successful in tests but only three fast bowlers in India have been successful in 70 years of test coz of the nature of pitches Sir Kapil, Srinath and Zaheer.

  • ilovusenthil on December 4, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    there is no need for the team mgnt to inform well in advance he wont be playing the match...with zaheer in if he doesn't fit into the team combination he can be dropped...why don't he sit with the team if he gets dropped??? that is a poor attitude...how long you guys are gonna say he is our best odi bowler?? he got enough chance before being dropped...just look at his last 20 or 30 odi match stats...he should be having a econ rate of 6+

  • on December 6, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    nice to see mumbai struggling to pick even a single wicket against saurashtra without agarkar....very happy

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    It was a very disgraceful moment which should have been averted.If Ajit was selected he should have been included in the final eleven or otherwise he should have been told before the departure from Bombay.Ajit is on decline and he has no prospect of playing for India again.He wants to play 1st class cricket simply because he wants to remain in the IPL.The players have two choices, either to announce the retirement well in time or get insulted. Milind Rege was not at all at fault.His job was to select the team of 15 and it is upto the captain and coach to pick the final eleven.

  • ameyamumbai on December 4, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    He was given just one game before leaving him out! How can you do that? A player who played a significant part in winning the team a trophy just a season earlier to the last one! Strange! Salvi and Agarkar both were back from injuries. So, the selection based on current form shouldn't be an issue in this case.

    It can do a huge damage to the mental balance and confidence of a player of a stature as high as Agarkar.

    I would say that this episode has been an uncalled-for situation created by Jaffer and Kulkarni.

    And that too without any strong base to their decision.

  • on December 4, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    it is very obvious to get dispointed when you have played for India over 10 years and you get such low treatment from management.. Agarkar also said that he dont play for money, He plays for his team.. he didt do any wrong by expecting respect for his contribution. he is a legend and always will be.. Management should respect the seniors, and should respect the one more when he is honest in his carrier.

  • satish619chandar on December 4, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Needless controversy created and is now in full flow.. There was a way created for testing Zak's fitness and both the parties(Team mgmt and Agarkar) should have had a mini chat about that and then decided the course.. Anyway, Mumbai is not entirely dependant on Agarkar as they have some more bowlers to look upon and so is Agarkar.. He can pick any team to play..

  • on December 4, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Agarkar always deserved more than he got from Indian Cricket and its below the surface movements within the team and on the outside as well.

  • aditya.anil22 on December 4, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @ ilovusenthil please check his stats from 2005-september,2007. he has taken 85 wickets in 54 matches @ 1.58 wickets per match. Kapil dev played 225 matches and took 252 wickets, if Agarkar would have played 225 matches he would have end up with 350 wickets.

  • on December 4, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    @ ilovusenthil When U service for some one for more than 10 years u expect some respect, And this is not first time Mumbai cricket has done something like this to a mumbai legend(let India I M TAlking only of his contribution to Mumbai) .Two years ago they literally dropped Amol majumdar from the side Inspite he being the poster boy of mumbai cricket(Apart frrom indian internationals) for a while and serving for more than 15 years, mca needs to respect its senior players. and for his statistics for india dude they are as follow 191 188 9484 8021 288 6/42 6/42 27.85 5.07 32.9 10 2 0 and about his economy it is FAR better than our current SET of BOWLERS.

  • cricketmaniagola on December 4, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Thats sad on Agarkar ...he played most of the cricket on wickets as flat as highways and bowled better than others over a big part of his carrier....there is no reason that he is out of Indian ODI squad since 2007...anybody can have an off day ...why not the same treatment for batsman if they fail in one or two outings...i cd name a few Yuvraj ..Sehwag inspite of repeated failures got backing from Ganguly who never had confidence in him ..he kept shuttling Nehra n Agarkar in n out of the team n destroyed them..Raina getting backing from Dhoni.....Agarkar and Nehra both have made more comebacks than any other International Indian cricketer......Comebacks r really difficult ask Sidhu or Kambli..As a captain only Dravid showed lot of confidence in him....regarding tests...he is not a bad bowler ..just sheer hard luck..that he was not successful in tests but only three fast bowlers in India have been successful in 70 years of test coz of the nature of pitches Sir Kapil, Srinath and Zaheer.

  • ilovusenthil on December 4, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    there is no need for the team mgnt to inform well in advance he wont be playing the match...with zaheer in if he doesn't fit into the team combination he can be dropped...why don't he sit with the team if he gets dropped??? that is a poor attitude...how long you guys are gonna say he is our best odi bowler?? he got enough chance before being dropped...just look at his last 20 or 30 odi match stats...he should be having a econ rate of 6+

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    any body of his stature would have done that....very able partner of javagal srinath...great fielder and more than a tailender...now he is getting such treatment...what a shame...this can happen only in india....he would have been taken in confidence and a better communication was needed from the officials....zaheer rightly stood up for him.

  • Johnny_129 on December 4, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Agarkar has been a great servant to Indian cricket - more so on ODI's than Tests. In saying that, no individual player deserves a more favourable treatment than others in a team. The way I look at it, Agarkar was selected in the squad but left out of the playing eleven - he does not have the right to whinge and moan as long as his exclusion was transparent and the reasons for his exclusion was succinctly conveyed to him. The problem with Indian cricket (especially in the past) is that 'special treatment' was reserved for a senior or a select few. Over time this mentality has eroded somewhat (as seen with the dropping of Dravid from ODI's) for a more professional approach and that is for the best! Indian cricket would do well to use this case (and Dravid's case) in point when making future selections.

  • jimbond on December 4, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    The reason why Agarkar was left out was that Zaheer Khan needed to get a couple of practice games. Hence Mumbai would need Agarkar as soon as Zaheer flies off to Australia, or gets injured- whichever happens faster. The second reason could be that over the years, the difference between Agarkar and the lesser of the three available seamers, is declining. Zaheer and Dhawal are of course bowling better than Agarkar. In recent times, Agarkar has also deteriorated to Salvi's level, and even someone like Raje may not be much worse than Agarkar. That said the experience of Agarkar can still be useful at the Ranji level for many teams.

  • TATTUs on December 4, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    These are ego problems and more or less my support is with the player.

  • KirGop on December 3, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    The man is a legend. No one will ever forget the bombay duck for his immortal performance in australia.

  • NairUSA on December 3, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Tough on an experienced and committed cricketer. However, that is what happens when there are other options for your team. Agarkar should find out if there are other Ranji teams looking for his experience. I am sure he can add value for such teams and rejuvenate his career. Best Luck!

  • on December 3, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Just check India's 6 leading wicket takers in ODI. The figures will clarify the fact that Ajit Agarkar is India's most successful ODI bowlers both in terms of Average as well as Strike rate.He has most 4 wicket hauls for India in ODI with 10 and his Economy is pretty acceptable at 5.07 for a strike bowler. Still he is not a part of Indian team for past 4 years.

    Name of the Player Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI Avg Econ SR 4 5 A Kumble (Asia/India) 271 265 14496 10412 337 6/12 30.89 4.30 43.0 8 2 J Srinath (India) 229 227 11935 8847 315 5/23 28.08 4.44 37.8 7 3 AB Agarkar (India) 191 188 9484 8021 288 6/42 27.85 5.07 32.9 10 2 Z Khan (Asia/India) 191 188 9617 7874 273 5/42 28.84 4.91 35.2 7 1 Harbhajan Singh (India) 229 220 12059 8651 259 5/31 33.40 4.30 46.5 2 3 N Kapil Dev (India) 225 221 11202 6945 253 5/43 27.45 3.71 44.2 3 1

  • on December 3, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    agarkar is a legend he was first left out in 2007 n disgraced nw the mumbai i think its an insult to a legend

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Nearly 200 ODI's and 20 odd tests is not a handful of games NAND!!

  • trg93 on December 3, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    He is undoubtedly a legend... if u look it up, he is no.14 on the list of highest wicket takers in odi... and o,3 for india!!!

  • trg93 on December 3, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Agree with you... he is a legend!!

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Good to see domestic cricketers showing some dissent when handled badly. BCCI should not forget that grooming should start at domestic level. Not particularly about Agarkar, who is neither just a domestic player(has played a handful of ODIs) nor needs to be groomed. Its just that if tomorrow a talented youngster gets handled this way, it would be like closing doors on his career or delaying it atleast. BCCI like always will play safe and will not be available for comments on it.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Ya it is good to see that a friend supporting his former indian teammate

  • Sachit1979 on December 3, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Bat and bowl are the only weapons with which a Cricketer can fight. Pulling out from squad means accepting the defeat and putting the weapons down. By this approach Agarkar himself is closing doors of his return to competitive Cricket. He is good Cricketer and has still got 2-3 years of Cricket left in him but he needs to adopt a matured approach to handle this issue. Moreover he is not in best of his form and fitness so Mumbai won't have any issues leaving apart his experience. His replacement Avishkar Salvi already performed well in the recent match against Orissa. If he really needs a firm stand to play in IPL then he needs to get back to his job as soon as possible.

  • Vinodha19 on December 3, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    These bcci people should show some respect to the players. Shame on them.I feel sorry for Agarkar :(

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    i think its obvious as to y he pulled out...matter of dignity eh? doesnt matter what they call u ajit..i consider u a legend..!!

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  • on December 3, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    i think its obvious as to y he pulled out...matter of dignity eh? doesnt matter what they call u ajit..i consider u a legend..!!

  • Vinodha19 on December 3, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    These bcci people should show some respect to the players. Shame on them.I feel sorry for Agarkar :(

  • Sachit1979 on December 3, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Bat and bowl are the only weapons with which a Cricketer can fight. Pulling out from squad means accepting the defeat and putting the weapons down. By this approach Agarkar himself is closing doors of his return to competitive Cricket. He is good Cricketer and has still got 2-3 years of Cricket left in him but he needs to adopt a matured approach to handle this issue. Moreover he is not in best of his form and fitness so Mumbai won't have any issues leaving apart his experience. His replacement Avishkar Salvi already performed well in the recent match against Orissa. If he really needs a firm stand to play in IPL then he needs to get back to his job as soon as possible.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Ya it is good to see that a friend supporting his former indian teammate

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Good to see domestic cricketers showing some dissent when handled badly. BCCI should not forget that grooming should start at domestic level. Not particularly about Agarkar, who is neither just a domestic player(has played a handful of ODIs) nor needs to be groomed. Its just that if tomorrow a talented youngster gets handled this way, it would be like closing doors on his career or delaying it atleast. BCCI like always will play safe and will not be available for comments on it.

  • trg93 on December 3, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Agree with you... he is a legend!!

  • trg93 on December 3, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    He is undoubtedly a legend... if u look it up, he is no.14 on the list of highest wicket takers in odi... and o,3 for india!!!

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Nearly 200 ODI's and 20 odd tests is not a handful of games NAND!!

  • on December 3, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    agarkar is a legend he was first left out in 2007 n disgraced nw the mumbai i think its an insult to a legend

  • on December 3, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Just check India's 6 leading wicket takers in ODI. The figures will clarify the fact that Ajit Agarkar is India's most successful ODI bowlers both in terms of Average as well as Strike rate.He has most 4 wicket hauls for India in ODI with 10 and his Economy is pretty acceptable at 5.07 for a strike bowler. Still he is not a part of Indian team for past 4 years.

    Name of the Player Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI Avg Econ SR 4 5 A Kumble (Asia/India) 271 265 14496 10412 337 6/12 30.89 4.30 43.0 8 2 J Srinath (India) 229 227 11935 8847 315 5/23 28.08 4.44 37.8 7 3 AB Agarkar (India) 191 188 9484 8021 288 6/42 27.85 5.07 32.9 10 2 Z Khan (Asia/India) 191 188 9617 7874 273 5/42 28.84 4.91 35.2 7 1 Harbhajan Singh (India) 229 220 12059 8651 259 5/31 33.40 4.30 46.5 2 3 N Kapil Dev (India) 225 221 11202 6945 253 5/43 27.45 3.71 44.2 3 1