On Friday, MCA’s junior selection committee met to discuss the replacements. “MCA is very strict about the ‘residential proof’ criteria. Every player needs to submit at least one-year proof of residing in the city.
We found out that seven players did not have their documents in place and that is why they were dropped. “Arjun and four other players, who were in the stand-bye, have been drafted into the probables list.
The selectors have also chosen two other players to complete the list of 30,” Dr PV Shetty, joint honorary secretary, told SUNDAY MiD DAY.
Hashir Dafedar (U-14 skipper in the last season), Aman Sharma, Rushikesh Ugale and Sanath Nakte were in the stand-byes along with Arjun. Names of the other two new entrants could not be confirmed.
Arjun, son of legendary India batsman Sachin, did not feature in any game after Mumbai U-14 triumphed last year. Arjun & Co will now join the ongoing training camp at the Bandra Kurla Complex. The camp is held thrice a week.
In the U-14 Dilip Vengsarkar Foundation Cup in January this year, Tendulkar Jr smashed 70 in the first match playing for Ravi Shastri XI. The southpaw followed it up with a 37 in the second match.