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Ranji Trophy: Batsman Suryakumar Yadav named Mumbai skipper
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    Mumbai, Dec 2 (PTI) In-form batsman Suryakumar Yadav
was on Monday named the captain of Mumbai's Ranji team a week
ahead of start of the domestic powerhouse's campaign in the
prestigious cricket tournament.
    The 29-year-old batsman was in a red-hot form during
the just concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, a T20 competition
in which Mumbai were out in the Super League stage.
    Though the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is yet to
officially announce the 15-member Ranji squad, Test specialist
Ajinkya Rahane and young batsman Prithvi Shaw are said to be
among those included in the team.
    Since India's next Test assignment is in New Zealand
in February, 31-year-old middle-order batsman Rahane is easily
available to play for his home team for the next two months.
    "Going by the new constitution, they (ad-hoc selection
committee) invited Surya and appointed him as the captain," a
senior Mumbai Cricket Association official, privy to the
development, told PTI.
    Yadav was replaced as the captain during the 2014-15
Ranji season mid-way and was also dropped in the last edition
of the tournament.
    But all that is now past and Yadav would like to make
a fresh start and turn the fortunes of the 41-time Ranji
champions in the 2019-2020 season.
    A prolific batsman, Yadav's leadership skills will be
tested in the new season.
    Yadav, who made his Mumbai debut against Delhi way
back in 2010, is one of the senior players of the team. In 72
first-class matches, he has amassed 4,818 runs with 12
hundreds and 24 half centuries.
    Meanwhile, it has been reliably learnt that the
Milind-Rege led ad-hoc selection committee of the MCA has
finalised the Mumbai squad, though the association was yet to
put it on its website.
    Mumbai begin their Ranji Trophy campaign against
Baroda in Vadodara from December 9. PTI NRB
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