Tushar Deshpande included in Mumbai T20 squad after uproar

Updated: Nov 07, 2019, 08:02 IST | Subodh Mayure | Mumbai

The speedster was not picked in the squad at a meeting where the selectors indulged in a heated debate.

Tushar Deshpande
Tushar Deshpande

Mumbai speedster Tushar Deshpande clean bowled India player Vinay Kumar with a yorker during a practice game at the Parsee Gymkhana on Wednesday afternoon.

An hour later, he took a call from chairman of the Mumbai's senior selection ad-hoc committee Milind Rege informing him about his inclusion in the Mumbai team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. He was not picked in the squad at a meeting where the selectors indulged in a heated debate.

"Rege sir called me to say I was added to the Mumbai team and advised me to just focus on playing good cricket and forget everything else," Deshpande, who is eager to join Mumbai nets today morning at the Wankhede Stadium, told mid-day on Wednesday.

"Thanks for your support. This is possible only because of mid-day's article published of my performances a couple of days ago," Deshpande remarked. Along with Deshpande, all-rounder Sujit Nayak too was asked to join the Mumbai team. The third player whom the selectors decided to include in the 17-member team is left-arm pacer Atif Attarwala.

However, MCA then learnt that since he is not a registered player with the BCCI, he is not eligible to play in the domestic tournament.

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