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?Retired? Shetty dropped for Gujarat tie

After a string of failures, Mumbai middle-order batsman Nishit Shetty has decided to quit first-class cricket.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 23:02 IST

After a string of failures, Mumbai middle-order batsman Nishit Shetty has decided to quit first-class cricket. However, as the southpaw has not communicated his decision to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), the selection panel on Friday dropped him for the Ranji Trophy tie against Gujarat starting at the Wankhede stadium on Monday.

Following a poor run with the bat in Mumbai’s disappointing Ranji Trophy campaign so far, Shetty made up his mind after the team was annihilated by Hyderabad on Wednesday.

“I conveyed my decision to retire to the coach (Pravin Amre) and (captain) Amol (Muzumdar) on returning from Hyderabad,” Shetty said on Friday.

“I also sent an SMS to (selector) Milind Rege. I’ll soon write a letter to the MCA conveying my decision to quit,” he added.

The selection panel that met here on Friday opted to replace Shetty with promising youngster Prashant Naik. “Since Shetty hasn’t yet officially communicated his decision to the MCA, technically he is dropped from the side,” said Rege, who is the acting chairman of the selection panel in the absence of Dilip Vengsarkar who is in South Africa with the Indian team.

Indulkar ignored yet again

Mumbai have failed to garner any point in their three Group B matches so far and Rege blamed the batsmen for the dismal show on Wednesday. In such a scenario it is surprising that Vinit Indulkar failed to find a place in the squad. Indulkar has been ignored since the beginning of the Ranji season.

He was a part of the West Zone squad for the Duleep Trophy in October. After Shetty’s decision to hang up his boots, Indulkar would have been an ideal replacement for him. However, the selectors opted for the in-form Naik.

Naik scored runs aplenty for Mumbai’s under-22 side, including a double century against Maharashtra. Earlier, he had also impressed during the Buchi Babu Memorial tournament in Chennai.

The other change in the side has been the inclusion of bowling all-rounder Abhishek Nair for opener-wicketkeeper Sushant Marathe. “Since it’s a home game, we felt we don’t require two wicketkeepers,” said Rege. “So, we opted for an all-rounder.”


First Published: Dec 22, 2006 23:02 IST