Vijay Hazare Trophy 2011-12 February 14, 2012

Agarkar named Mumbai captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ajit Agarkar, the former India fast bowler, has been officially appointed Mumbai captain for the first time in his 16-year-long career. Agarkar has been stand-in captain before but has now been named captain of Mumbai for the whole of the league phase of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The announcement marks a complete turnaround in relations between Agarkar and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). In November 2011, Agarkar had left the team in Cuttack as he was disappointed to not be picked in the XI for a Ranji Trophy match against Orissa. He consequently withdrew from the squad for the entire Ranji season but reconciled his differences with the board in a meeting with Milind Rege, Mumbai's chairman of selectors, Ratnakar Shetty, the MCA vice-president, and Nitin Dalal, the MCA secretary, in February 2012.

Agarkar was then named in the probables for the Vijay Hazare Trophy and has now been named captain, replacing Wasim Jaffer, who stepped down as captain in February after holding the post for four seasons. Agarkar, 34, has got the job ahead of the younger Ajinkya Rahane, who has been named vice-captain, and Abhishek Nayar. Both Rahane and Nayar had been spoken about as possible future captains of Mumbai.

Squad: Ajit Agarkar (capt), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-capt), Wasim Jaffer, Ramesh Powar, Suryakumar Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Iqbal Abdullah, Sushant Marathe (wk), Ankit Chavan, Kshemal Waingankar, Balwinder Singh Sandhu (jr), Siddharth Chitnis, Shoaib Shaikh, Anup Revandkar

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  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    All d best Ajit! u deserves ur real character(in bowling,batting n fielding) in upcoming matches.dont let it go easy n keep it simple,stick 2 basics.......teach a lesson 2 ur criticizers in Domestic as-well as in IPL-5.......we want 2 see u as successful fight n make us 2 proud......CHAK DE AGARKAR CHAK DE!.......

  • Rupesh on February 16, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Captaincy is different kind of job... Ajit is a very soft hearted person... a Genuine allrounder.... Always not got credit for what he have given for our country... one of the Best oneday Bowler produced by our country....but..... Mumbai side is going throgh transition period....We have a side with younger blocks..Selectors needed to select somebody having vast future coming up and capacity to play for mumbai for at least next 5-6 years....I would have slected Ajinkya Rahane OR Suryakant Yadav...if not Rohit Sharma...! Ajit needs to be looked as mentor for not only Mumbai Bowlers but for Indian Team... I am still beleiving that Ajit Agarkar needs to respected for the manner he have given his all for Indian Cricket... But it should be like Coaching young bowlers... I will be happy if Ajit will work in NCA with young bowlers .....Will find young bowlers for India and will develope some of the finest in World....!

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Finally! The undone is accomplished. very happy for ajit.

  • Andy on February 15, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Good Luck Ajith. You are first one to take 50 wickets in 17 ODI matches. I wish you all the success buddy!

  • Dalton on February 15, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Total Mis Management, a huge step backward for Mumbai cricket.. Player who is not only out of form but lacks team spirit.

  • chakor on February 15, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Agarkar deserves it and it was long due, not doubt about it. But here is the question of integrity and commitment over Agarkar and MCA both. First Agarkar did set up a wrong example by leaving the squad after not included in the playing 11. This is an insult to the game by him for sure. Being left out of playing 11 is generally because of one reason and that is you don't fit in the squad for that particular day. Secondly he made himself unavailable for the full Ranji season. Third was done by MCA, they should not entertain anyone who doesn't respect the game and leave the team if he is not playing. It is something like "I have the bat, only I will bat, otherwise I won't play"...... Rubbish.

  • Mehul on February 15, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    What non-sense. No action taken against him, was not in the team and now the captain!Sycophancy and crap shows its colors. Dont think team will do well under him...

  • A on February 15, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Agarkar is a good choice as captain but instead of ajinkya, suryakumar should be made the vice captain and groomed as he is the next big thing in indian cricket. ajinkya is a great player but he will be busy on national duty so dsnt make sense.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Great news....truly deserves to serve mumbai cricket in this role....good luck Agarkar

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    The Unsung Hero of Indian Cricket.... I still hope to see him back in National Team... !!

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