Ajinkya Rahane, who is currently plying his trade for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will skip the second edition of the Mumbai T20 League. Rahane, who led the North Mumbai Panthers last year will not be available during that time. The Test specialist will be busy playing County Cricket for Hampshire in a bid to prepare for the Windies series just after the ICC World Cup 2019.
The auction for the Mumbai T20 League is due on May 4 (Saturday). High profile cricketers like Shardul Thakur, Aditya Tare and Sarfaraz Khan will go under the hammer on Saturday along with 100 others. The Panthers have retained India opener Prithvi Shaw who has looked good in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). However, with Rahane not available for selection, North Mumbai Panther is yet to decide who will lead the team. Also, former Afghanistan batting coach Umesh Patwal has replaced ex-Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni as the head coach of North Mumbai Panthers.
The second edition of the Mumbai T20 League will commence from May 14, only two days after the Indian Premier League ends.
Rahane to play County Cricket
Hampshire have roped in Indian National Cricket team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane as a replacement for Aiden Markram for the middle part of the English season, the club confirmed on April 25 (Thursday). Rahane will play eight County Championship matches in the month of May, June and the beginning of July. The Mumbai-born cricketer will feature in the County to keep himself fit ahead of the Test series against Windies.
Ajinkya Rahane will slot in place of Aiden Markram who will return after the Royal London One-Day Cup to link with South Africa ahead of the ICC World Cup. He seemed excited to be the first Indian player to join Hampshire. Rahane also thanked BCCI for giving him the NOC and expects to score runs and win games for his team.