Sachin steps down as Mumbai skipper

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday stepped down from Mumbai captaincy and will be replaced by Samir Dighe for the Ranji Trophy semi-finals against Tamil Nadu starting at Wankhede Stadium in south Mumbai from April 11 to 15.

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) joint secretary Prof Ratnakar Shetty said here that Tendulkar wanted to play as a batsman only and he requested to be relieved from captaincy. Only a month ago, Tendulkar had also relinquished Indian captain's post.

Dighe was named as the captain at the start of the season when Tendulkar was leading India on the disastrous tour of Australia. The selectors took more than two hours to select the team and the captain after Tendulkar stepped down.

Sachin will be leaving to Dhaka to play for Asia XI against Rest of the World on April 8. MCA had earlier requested the cricket board to delay the semi-final match against Tamil Nadu by two days to accommodate Tendulkar in the team.

The Mumbai team will be bolstered by the return of India all-rounder Ajit Agarkar and main strike bowler medium-pacer Paras Mhambrey, who had missed the last few matches due to injury.


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