Syed Mushtaq Ali T20: Rahane to lead Mumbai, Shaw named vice-captain

The Mumbai Cricket Association announced the squad, picked by the committee headed by former India pacer Salil Ankola, on its website on Monday.

Ajinkya Rahane

FILE PHOTO: Ajinkya Rahane warming up ahead of a Ranji Trophy match.   -  The Hindu

Ajinkya Rahane will lead Mumbai's quest of bouncing back after a miserable Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20) Trophy campaign in 2020. Prithvi Shaw has been named Rahane's deputy for Mumbai's league stage of the season-opening tournament, scheduled to be played from November 4 in Guwahati.

With Rahane, India's Test vice-captain, being available, Shaw - who led Mumbai to a creditable Vijay Hazare Trophy triumph last season - was handed vice-captaincy. Besides, the squad also includes proven performers like internationals Shivam Dube and Dhawal Kulkarni; seasoned pros Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Lad and Sarfaraz Khan; and promising youngsters like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Armaan Jaffer, leggie Prashant Solanki and allrounder Atharva Ankolekar.

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The selection committee, headed by former India pacer Salil Ankola, has made whopping changes to the squad that had a forgettable outing in last year's T20 campaign. With Mumbai winning a solitary game from its five league encounters and finishing last in the group, the selectors have retained only 11 from last year's squad of 22.

Left-arm pacer Royston Dias, who was omitted last year despite being among the most consistent bowlers in the 2019-20 season, deservingly returns to the squad.

Meanwhile, former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha, who is involved in Olympic athlete mentoring, interacted with Mumbai's squad during its preparatory camp on Monday.

SQUAD

Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Prithvi Shaw (Vice Captain), Aditya Tare, Shivam Dube, Tushar Deshpande, Sarfaraz Khan, Prashant Solanki, Shams Mulani, Atharva Ankolekar, Dhaval Kulkarni, Hardik Tamore, Mohit Awasthi, Siddhesh Lad, Sairaj Patil, Aman Khan, Arman Jaffer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tanush Kotian, Deepak Shetty and Roystan Dias

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