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Jaffer calls time on captaincy

After leading the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team for four consecutive years,veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer has decided to step down,reasoning that he isn’t enjoying the task anymore

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published: February 2, 2012 1:14:00 am

After leading the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team for four consecutive years,veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer has decided to step down,reasoning that he isn’t enjoying the task anymore. Jaffer informed the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) senior selection committee chief Milind Rege about his decision two days ago.

“I want to concentrate more on my batting. I didn’t have a good Ranji Trophy season and for me batting is more important than captaincy,” Jaffer said.

Jaffer scored 406 runs in nine matches this season and the 39-times Ranji champions lost in the semifinals. Jaffer was also left out from the West Zone squad for Duleep Trophy.

“Once you are captain it is very important to lead by example. The word ‘captain’ is only nice to say but it’s a lot of pressure to lead a team. If the team doesn’t do well,then the captain is always made a scapegoat,” he added. “When you don’t score,it doesn’t look good,” the 33-year old asserted.

During his four year-tenure,Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy twice and later he lifted the Duleep Trophy two times. After the team’s loss in the semi-final,however,team coach Sulakshan Kulkarni had openly criticised Jaffer’s leadership,calling him a “defensive captain with defensive approach”.

“I was disappointed,I’m not a perfect captain,” said Jaffer of the coach’s remarks. “Everybody makes mistakes; if there was any problem I should have been told inside the dressing room,not in public. I was never told about my captaincy the entire season.

“Suddenly I was told I lacked attitude. Four months ago I was the best captain and after losing I’m no good.”

On who will lead Mumbai from next season,Jaffer said Rohit Sharma,if available, would be the best choice. “At the end of the day,it’s selectors’ job to decide whom they want to pick as captain. However,whoever is picked,he should be given adequate time. Don’t judge him by a couple of seasons,” he said.

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