Arjun Tendulkar has received his maiden call-up to Mumbai’s senior squad with the left-arm pacer being added to Mumbai’s squad for the league stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, starting on June 11. Besides the son of Sachin Tendulkar, right-arm pacer Krutik Hanagavadi has also been included in an enlarged squad of 22 cricketers.
While chief selector Salil Ankola confirmed that Arjun and Hanagavadi have joined the squad’s biosecure bubble on Saturday, a Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) official added that the duo has been added after the BCCI allowed maximum squad strength to be increased from 20 to 22.
Since Arjun and Hanagavadi were the first two stand-byes in the squad of 20 announced on December 26, they were called up to the squad for what may well be the only tournament of a severely curtailed domestic season.
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While Arjun has impressed with his left-arm seamers, he can also be an useful pinch-hitter with the willow. Experts feel that he needs to work on his fielding really hard if he has to earn a Mumbai cap. Besides representing India Under-19, Arjun was a net bowler for Mumbai Indians for the Indian Premier League's 2020 edition.
Mumbai is placed in Group E along with Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Andhra and Puducherry. It will play all its games in Mumbai from January 11 to 19.
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