Asnodkar dropped for defensive captaincy in Ranji match

Young Keen Vaz has been named as his replacement for the next two matches Getty Images

Margao: Nov 8, 2011

The Goa Cricket Selection Committee on Tuesday dropped skipper Swapnil Asnodkar for the next two Ranji Plate division matches following his controversial decision to agree for a draw against Maharashtra.

Young Keen Vaz has been named as his replacement for the next two matches, Goa Cricket Association secretary Prasad Phaterpekar said.

Having conceded a 38-run first innings lead, Goa bowled out Maharashtra for 91 in the second innings in their first Ranji Plate Division clash, and needed 130 for an outright win in 19 overs, on Monday.

Asnodkar, who led the team in the absence of injured Shadab Jakati, was given clear instructions by the team management to go all out for a win.

However, the aggressive opener, who played for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, shockingly agreed to call-off the match with Goa being 18 for one in six overs, needing 112 to win in the 13 mandatory overs.

Asnodkar’s decision shocked his team- mates and did not go down well with the administrators following which the GCA selection committee called for an immediate meeting and decided to drop him for the next two matches for taking the unilateral decision, Phaterpekar said. (PTI)