Anustup Majumdar to lead Bengal in Mushtaq Ali, Shami’s brother gets call-up

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Veteran batsman Anustup Majumdar was named Bengal captain for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 match, changing Abhimanyu Easwaran.

Shreevats Goswami will likely be Majumdar’s deputy in the squad that additionally has Mohammed Shami’s youthful brother, seam bowling all-rounder Mohammed Kaif.

Majumdar was rewarded with the captaincy for his stupendous present in the final season the place he actually singlehandedly carried Bengal to the ultimate.

The Cricket Association of Bengal nonetheless stated the 36-year-old Majumdar was appointed “only” for the home T20 match to free Easwaran of the “captaincy burden”.

The fact is {that a} defensive batsman like Easwaran is not a certainty in the shortest format due to his incapacity to power the tempo of his innings.

He has additionally slipped significantly in the pecking order of nationwide reckoning after a dismal final season the place he failed to get a single half-century.

Easwaran in his debut season as Bengal skipper in 2019-20 led them to their Ranji last however the opener had a pathetic run with the bat, averaging 17.20 from 10 matches with only one half-century.

On the opposite hand, Majumdar averaged a staggering 58.66, amassing 704 runs from eight matches, second behind Manoj Tiwary (707 from 11 matches) and was instrumental for his or her runners-up end final season.

“CAB president Avishek Dalmiya and Hony Secretary Snehasish Ganguly today spoke to Anustup Majumdar, Shreevats Goswami and Abhimanyu Easwaran and made them aware that the decision taken is only for the length of the tournament in question,” the CAB stated in a press release on Thursday.

“The selectors felt that without the burden of captaincy over his head Abhimanyu would be able to play more freely and deliver up to his potential,” added the CAB.

Recently, former India batsman VVS Laxman, who’s Bengal’s batting marketing consultant, backed Abhimanyu to come good in the Ranji Trophy overcoming his poor kind in the final season.

“I don’t think captaincy will affect Abhimanyu Easwaran’s performances at all. I believe additional responsibility is much better,” Laxman had stated.

Bengal have been clubbed with Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam and Hyderabad in Group B and could have the benefit of enjoying at residence in the January 10-31 match.

Bengal start their marketing campaign towards Odisha on January 10 right here.

Bengal Squad: Anustup Majumdar (captain), Shreevats Goswami (vice-captain), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Manoj Tiwary, Sudi Chatterjee, Ishan Porel, Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Vivek Singh, Shahbaz Ahmed, Arnab Nandi, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep, Abhishek Das, Mohammed Kaif, Aritra Chatterjee, Suvankar Bal, Writtick Chatterjee, Prayas Ray Barman, Kaif Ahmed, Ravi Kant Singh.

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