Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has stepped down from his position as captain of the Mumbai Ranji team in order to focus on his batting.
Jaffer, who captained Mumbai in the Ranji trophy over the past four seasons, led the Mumbai team to two Ranji Trophy titles in the year 2008-09 and 2009-10.
However, Mumbai failed to make the Ranji final this season, losing to Tamil Nadu in the semi-final.
“Wasim Jaffer has stepped down from his position as the captain of Mumbai Ranji Trophy team after serving at the position for 4 years,” said Mumbai Cricket Association’s joint secretary Nitin Dalal.
“Jaffer continues to be available for selection in Mumbai team as a batsman.”
“The new captain would be chosen by the selection panel, in all probability, next week.”
Jaffer had been struggling throughout the season, scoring 406 runs in nine matches across twelve innings with just one century.
He was also left out from the West Zone squad for Duleep Trophy.
“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.
“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. When you don’t score, it doesn’t look good.”