Kerala opens talks with Robin Uthappa

The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has initiated preliminary talks with Robin Uthappa for a possible move to roping him as a professional player for the state in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season.

Robin Uthappa was reportedly unhappy with the state of affairs in Karnataka cricket and had kept his options open for the upcoming Ranji season.   -  K. Murali Kumar

The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has initiated preliminary talks with Robin Uthappa for a possible move to roping him as a professional player for the state in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season.

Uthappa was reportedly unhappy with the state of affairs in Karnataka cricket and had kept his options open for the upcoming Ranji season. The KCA, after learning about Robin Uthappa’s desire, approached the player who responded positively.

“The KCA has opened talks with the Robin Uthappa. Both parties are interested. But we have to discuss the terms of contract. If his terms are acceptable to us, Robin will play for Kerala this season,” said a KCA official, who was party to the discussions.

The KCA officials will again have another round of discussion with Uthappa at end of the IPL season.

Last season, Kerala fielded three outstation professionals—Bhavin Thakkur, Jalaj Saxena and Iqbal Abdulla—but failed to qualify for the knock-out round. Kerala has retained only Saxena for this season and has named him in the 24-member Ranji Trophy probables squad.

Kerala, earlier this year, had appointed former Sri Lankan World Cup-winning coach Dav Whatmore as the Ranji Trophy team coach.

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