Mumbai: India pace ace Zaheer Khan has come to the defence of Mumbai teammate Ajit Agarkar, who left the team in Cuttack after he was not in captain Wasim Jaffer and coach Sulakshan Kulkarni's playing XI plans. Zaheer, who is using the Ranji Trophy to get back into rhythm after an injury lay-off, is part of the playing XI against Orissa in Cuttack. (Read: Agarkar unhappy about being dropped by Mumbai)
He came out blazing against chairman of selectors Milind Rege and coach Kulkarni, who was appointed only recently. "I am not the kind of person to say all this, but I just feel that people like Rege and Sulakshan are actually pulling Mumbai cricket back," Zaheer told MiD DAY over the phone from Cuttack at the end of Day One of the four-day tie.
"This is an utter disgrace. I am very disappointed and hurt by the way the whole situation has been handled. It is high time things get sorted out. "A player who has done so much for the country and state; has taken over 300 international wickets and has been consistent performer and a certainty in the team at least deserves better communication and respect. There is no reason to humiliate someone who has done great service to your team," said Zaheer.