SURAT: The Mumbai Cricket team will practice in city's Khajod stadium to rehearse for its Ranji Trophy matches.
Coach Chandrakant Pandit will put their best efforts in rehearsal for the matches on C B Patel ground at Khajod to hone for the up and coming Ranji Trophy season starting October 6, as they couldn't discover a cricket ground either in Mumbai or Pune because of substantial downpours there.
Apurva Desai, Blevel C mentor from the city, assumed a vital part in encouraging the Mumbai cricket group picking the ground to hone for Ranji Trophy. Dinesh Kartikh, who is honed by Desai, and Mumbai squad part Avinash Nair were at the private cricket ground in Khajod for individual preparing a week ago. The pair was so inspired with the all around kept up ground and the field that they recommended the Mumbai group visit Surat.
Conversing with TOI, Chandrakant Pandit said, "The young men last played against New Zealand in the second week of September and from that point forward they couldn't get a chance to rehearse on ground because of downpours and readiness of fields. We were measuring alternatives to take the squad to Bangalore and different spots for honing. However, Avinash Nair, who was in Surat, demonstrated to us the ground pictures and we were persuaded."
Pandit included, "It is one of the best grounds, I have ever seen. The young men have been honing six hours a day. The wicket is wonderful and very much kept up. I ask why the players from Surat don't make up to Ranji. I plan to get the young men from my cricket institute here to hone. Indeed, even we can orchestrate competitions between my foundation and the rest in Surat."
Pandit said the Mumbai cricket group will confront Tamil Nadu in their opening Ranji Trophy match at Lalhi in Rohtak on October 6.
Sources said endeavors were made to persuade Surat District Cricket Association (SDCA) for giving Lalbhai Contractor Stadium to Mumbai squad. Be that as it may, the ground is under support.
"This is first time that Mumbai squad is in the city for rehearsing. We thank the downpour divine beings, which permitted us to host them at the ground. The young men from our institute got a chance to play with the Mumbai young men," said Apurva Desai, BCCI level C mentor.
Jatin Paranjape, BCCI national selector, told TOI, "This is a stunning field and we will continue coming to Surat for honing."
Kamlesh Patel, proprietor of C B Patel ground, said, "We worked 24×7 for three days to set up the wicket, subsequent to getting affirmation from the Mumbai group. The wicket is set up by Nisarg Patel and he has made a gigantic showing with regards to. Everybody from the Mumbai group is inspired and delighted in rehearsing on the field."