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Tendulkar, Zaheer available to play in Twenty20

Sachin, Zaheer and Agarkar are available for Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai in their quest to add the inaugural Twenty20 crown.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2007 06:03 AM IST

After being rested for the zonal phase Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar are available for Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai in their quest to add the inaugural Twenty20 crown and make it a grand treble for the cricket season.

"Tendulkar, Zaheer and Agarkar have intimated to us they want to play in the All India Twenty20 Tournament. The Mumbai squad is to be chosen tomorrow," said Mumbai Cricket Assocaition's joint secretary Lalchand Rajput.

Despite the trio's absence for the zonal rounds held earlier this month Mumbai, also winners of the corresponding national 50-over title, easily qualified for the inter-zonals by topping the West Zone league with three wins and a loss.

Tendulkar has been sent a show cause notice by MCA's parent body, the Cricket Board, seeking explanation for violating its Code of Conduct by speaking to the media after the Indian team's debacle in the World Cup.

The inter zonals are to be held in a league format in two groups, with Group A matches scheduled to be played in Mumbai and Group B ties - also featuring Mumbai - in Ahmedabad from April 15-19, culminating in the final between the winners of the two pools.

The summit clash is to be held at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on April 21.

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