Jaffer stepped down captaincy of mumbai ranji team

Wasim Jaffer stepped down from his post after a stint of four years at the helm but will be available as a player. "Wasim Jaffer has stepped down from his position as the captain of Mumbai Ranji Trophy team after allocation at the position for 4 years. He led the Mumbai team to 2 Ranji Trophy titles in the year 2008-09 and 2009-10," said Mumbai Cricket Association's joint secretary and older selection panel Nitin Dalal.

"Jaffer continues to be available for selection in Mumbai team as a batsman. The new captain would be selected by the selection panel, in all probability, next week," he added. "Jaffer has written a letter that he wanted to focus on his batting. Dalal, however, denied that left-handed batsman Abhishek Nayar, who has played a few ODIs too, is the front runner to take up the position vacated by Jaffer who, during the course of Mumbai's failed run this season, became the highest run-getter in the national championship.

"Nayar has denied that he talked that he was ready to take up the job if offered. That was a wrong report," Dalal clarified. Mumbai ran out of the steam this year to regain the trophy that they have won on 39 occasions at the semi-final stage when they were knocked out by concluding runners-up Tamil Nadu. Last season, the oft-crowned champions bit the dust against Rajasthan, who went on to retain the trophy after overcoming Tamil Nadu away from home this year.


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