Samad Fallah has received a no-objection certificate from Uttarakhand and is now eligible to return to his home state Maharashtra for the upcoming 2021-22 Indian domestic season. He has made himself available for selection in all three formats.
Fallah, 36, played for Uttarakhand during the truncated 2020-21 season, which included only white-ball cricket because of the Covid-19 pandemic. He was Uttarakhand's joint-highest wicket-taker during the 50-overs Vijay Hazare Trophy, with seven strikes in six games at an average of 28.57. He also played four of the team's five matches during the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, picking up two wickets while returning an economy rate of 8.28.
Fallah, who made his Maharashtra debut in 2007-08, is the most prolific left-arm seamer in the history of the Ranji Trophy, with 272 wickets at an average of 28.56. His tally puts him one wicket above Saurashtra's Jaydev Unadkat. Hiralal Gaekwad, whose Ranji Trophy career stretched from 1941 to 1963, picked up 278 wickets, but he bowled a mixture of left-arm spin and seam. Apart from 287 first-class wickets overall, Fallah has picked up 75 in List A cricket and 62 in T20s.
During his peak years, Fallah was the leader of a strong Maharashtra pace attack that also included Anupam Sanklecha, Domnic Muthuswami and Shrikant Mundhe. Their best collective effort came in 2013-14, when they combined to propel Maharashtra to their first Ranji Trophy final in 21 years, which they eventually lost to Karnataka.
Fallah's brightest moment during that season came on the first day of the semi-final in Indore, when he picked up 7 for 58 to help bowl Bengal out for 114.