Indian domestic news September 13, 2008

Munaf to play for Baroda

Cricinfo staff

Munaf Patel is going to turn out for Baroda in the 2008-09 Indian domestic season after switching allegiance from Maharashtra, where he was based for three years. Prior to that, Munaf represented Mumbai from 2003 to 2005.

He said the proximity of Baroda to his home was the main reason for his decision. "Baroda is only one hour away from home. That's why I decided to switch," he told Cricinfo. "Anyway I have spent five years playing for other teams."

Munaf's arrival is expected to bolster Baroda, who were semi-finalists in last year's Ranji Trophy Super League. In his 37 first-class appearances so far, Munaf has taken 132 wickets at 23.97. Baroda kick off their 2008-09 campaign when they take on Uttar Pradesh at home from November 10.