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Agarkar pulls out of Mumbai squad

Nagraj Gollapudi

December 3, 2011

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Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan await the resumption of Punjab's second innings, Punjab v Mumbai, Ranji Trophy Super League, Group A, Chandigarh, 3rd day, November 5, 2009
Ajit Agarkar has made himself unavailable for Mumbai's Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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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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Posted by   on (December 6, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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..

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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+

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