Ranji Trophy 2012-13: Sushant Marathe included in Mumbai squad for semi-final clash against Services

Mumbai reached the semi-finals of Ranji Trophy 2012-13 by virtue of a huge first innings lead against Baroda © PTI

Mumbai: Jan 10, 2013

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sushant Marathe replaced batsman Shoaib Sheikh in the Mumbai squad that will take on Services in the Ranji Trophy semi-final at the Palam ground in New Delhi.

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) joint secretary Nitin Dalal informed that 27-year-old Marathe, who has so far played 13 first-class matches has been included as a cover for Aditya Tare.

Mumbai, who last won the title in the 2009-10 season, last played against two-time semi finalists Services in 1965 at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium.

Mumbai, who made the last four by getting the better of Baroda by virtue of taking a huge first innings lead in the quarter finals that ended in a draw on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium, had requested the BCCI to be given a chance to host the semi-final.

But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stuck to its rotation policy and decided that Services would be the hosts of the game, it was learnt.

Mumbai Squad: Ajit Agarkar (Capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer, Suryakumar Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kaustubh Pawar, Abhishek Nayar, Hiken Shah, Aditya Tare, Ankit Chavan, Nikhil Patil (Junior), Javed Khan, Sushant Marathe, Shardul Thakur and Vishal Dabholkar. Coach: Sulakshan Kulkarni.