Dhawal Kulkarni set for Mumbai return
Fast bowler Dhawal Kulkarni has been named in Mumbai's squad for the West Zone one-dayers and is set to return to competitive cricket following a long lay-off due to a toe injury last November.
Kulkarni hurt himself last year a couple of days after he was named in the squad for the ODIs against West Indies. He had played the side's opening Ranji game against Haryana but the toe injury kept him out for the rest of Mumbai's first-class season, which ended with a quarter-final defeat to Maharashtra.
Middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav, who led India Under-23s to victory in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup in August last year, will captain Mumbai. Yadav had a good Ranji season, scoring 529 runs in eight games, including a century in the quarters against Maharashtra and the move to promote him to captain was done with the aim of building a squad for the future.
Mumbai play their tournament-opener against Baroda on February 27 and will also play Gujarat, Maharashtra and Saurashtra in the West Zone leg that lasts until March 3. The top two teams from the zone will qualify for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, which starts on March 11.
Mumbai squad: Suryakumar Yadav (capt), Abhishek Nayar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sushant Marathe, Iqbal Abdulla, Vishal Dabholkar, Shardul Thakur, Javed Khan, Shoaib Shaikh, Bravish Shetty, Saurabh Netravalkar, Siddharth Chitnis, Parag Khanapurkar, Sujit Nayak.