Sarfaraz Khan was particularly impressive during the recently-concluded IPL © IANS
Sarfaraz Khan was particularly impressive during the recently-concluded IPL © IANS

The Mumbai cricket team has been rendered a major blow when batsman Sarfaraz Khan announced his decision to play for Uttar Pradesh (UP) in the upcoming season of the Ranji Trophy. Sarfaraz, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is the latest to leave the Mumbai team after Wasim Jaffer, who decided to try his luck with Vidarbha after 19 years of playing for Mumbai, and occurs barely a few days after Hiken Shah’s suspension due to his suspicious approach to a team-mate in the recent IPL. According to the reports, Sarfaraz’s father was supportive of his decision to move to UP.

He and his father came this evening to get the NOC (No objection certificate) from me. I tried to persuade Sarfaraz to stay on, but his father (Naushad) argued that his son was ‘promised’ that he would get to play for the UP team,” Mumbai Cricket association (MCA) Joint Secretary PV Shetty was quoted as saying to The Times of India.

This is something which we can’t promise here, and it depends entirely on his performances.I tried to make them understand that we’ve supported him at every level, and it is through Mumbai that he played for the India Under-19 team, but it was in vain,” added Shetty.

Sarfaraz made his debut in the Ranji Trophy in last year’s edition in the match against Bengal, but was dropped after scoring only 95 runs from three games. Sarfaraz has made three First-Class, five List-A and 19 Twenty20 appearances in his career so far, scoring 95, 58 and 182 runs respectively.