Mohammed Shami Gujarat Titans IPL 2024
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Mohammed Shami the Gujarat Titans pacer was one of the retained players by the franchise ahead of IPL 2024 auction. The franchise traded their skipper Hardik Pandya to Mumbai Indians, on the retention day which is the biggest news regarding the upcoming IL season so far.

Shami has been in top form throughout the year. He picked up 28 wickets in IPL 2023 and followed it up with 24 wickets in the ICC World Cup 2023. His performances were key to India making it to the final of the World Cup. From being considered just a one-format bowler, Shami has made a comeback across formats in the last two years.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Titans CEO Arvinder Singh revealed details of a possible trade deal that could have ended Shami’s stay with the Titans. He spoke about how a particular IPL franchise had recently asked the pacer to join their team without the knowledge of the BCCI. He did not reveal the name of the franchise in his interaction.

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In a statement, he spoke about how he was unhappy with the entire scenario despite rules being well in place for the trade of any particular player. He also said that he was not happy with how the particular franchise went against the rules set by the IPL governing body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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Mohammed Shami Is A Very Important Part Of Our Team: Gujarat Titans CEO Arvinder Singh

“See, every team has the right to take good players to make their team stronger. Mohammed Shami has done well for us, won the purple cap holder last season, he performed well in the World Cup. He is a very important part of our team. The wrong thing is when some franchises directly approach players. The BCCI has made a procedure for trading. There is an expression of interest that goes to BCCI and it is subsequently shared to the concerned franchise, who can then they take a call whether to go on with the trade or not,” Singh said in a News 18 interview.

The Indian pacer is currently on a break from international cricket. He is currently nursing an ankle injury but is still named in India’s test squad for the upcoming tour to South Africa. The senior pacer has been rested from the white-ball series.

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