Aditya Tare, Mumbai’s last Ranji Trophy-winning captain, has been omitted from the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) list of 47 senior men’s cricketers for the off-season camp ahead of the forthcoming domestic season.
The list - finalised by chief selector Salil Ankola in consultation with fellow selectors Gulam Parkar, Sunil More, Prasad Desai and Jeetendra Thackeray (who has replaced Anand Yalvigi) - was announced on Sunday.
According to Ankola, Tare will be considered only for the Ranji Trophy.
“We had made it clear to him last season that he won’t be in the scheme of things for white-ball cricket and red-ball preparation will start only mid-November, so he isn’t a part of the off-season camp,” Ankola told Sportstar on Sunday.
Tare, 34, was dropped from last year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy squad. The wicketkeeper-batter, however, was extremely disappointed with the decision and contradicted Ankola’s claim.
“Ahead of last year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy, I was told I was being rested. There was no further communication last season. There was no communication regarding format-specific selection,” Tare said.
“It was me who called him (Ankola) first to seek clarity. Only during the selection meeting (on Thursday) did they call and tell me they are moving on (from limited overs formats). I am extremely disappointed since my record and fitness speak for themselves.”
Tare, Mumbai’s highest run-getter in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, was dropped from the Vijay Hazare Trophy after a poor run in the SMA Trophy. However, he was adjudged the Player of the Match in Mumbai’s last two Vijay Hazare Trophy finals.
The seasoned campaigner had an exceptional outing with the gloves in the Ranji Trophy before getting injured in the quarterfinal in June and missing the final.
From the list of 47, those who are neither on international duty nor attending the off-season camps organised by the National Cricket Academy (NCA), will start fitness training next week at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s indoor facility at the Bandra-Kurla Complex.
Head coach Amol Muzumdar will join after he finishes with NCA obligations on August 31.
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