Tendulkar, Zaheer to play for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy opener

first_imgSachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan are all set to return to domestic cricket, playing for Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy opener against Railways at the Wankhede Stadium here in the first week of November.”Sachin and Zaheer are likely to play in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy opener at the Wankhede Stadium. They have expressed their interest to play in the game,” said MCA’s joint secretary Nitin Dalal. The opening game between Mumbai and Railways is scheduled from November 2 to 5.Tendulkar, 39, had last played for his home association in the final against Uttar Pradesh in January 2009, at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium when the matches in the tournament was held at neutral venues. Though he managed only single digit scores in both innings, Mumbai walloped UP by 243 runs to clinch the title for the 38th time.Zaheer KhanClick here to EnlargeTendulkar had played in the semi-final too against Saurashtra and notched a century at Chennai. Zaheer, 34, played two games last season to get into the groove for the international matches after an injury lay-off. He played against Orissa at Cuttack and against Saurashtra at Rajkot, his 27th and last appearance in Mumbai colours.The presence of Tendulkar and Zaheer for the tournament opener would be a major boost for Mumbai, who would be without their most experienced Ranji batsman Wasim Jaffer for the first three games as he is set to go on Haj pilgrimage.”Jaffer told me he would not be available for the first four games but has changed his mind and said today he will be unavailable for only the first three games,” informed Dalal.advertisementJaffer will miss the home game against Railways, the second match against holders Rajasthan at Udaipur (Nov 9-12) and the third tie against Hyderabad in the latter’s backyard (Nov 24-27). The 34-year-old former India opener is available for the fourth tie at home against Bengal (Dec 1-4).last_img read more