Under pressure after Mumbai failed to clinch the Ranji Trophy title in the last two seasons, captain Wasim Jaffer stepped down from his post on Thursday after a stint of four years at the helm but will be available as a player.

“Wasim Jaffer has stepped down from his position as the captain of Mumbai Ranji Trophy team after serving at the position for 4 years. He led the Mumbai team to 2 Ranji Trophy titles in the year 2008-09 and 2009-10,” 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,” he added.

“Jaffer has written a letter that he wanted to concentrate on his batting. That’s the reason he has relinquished captaincy,” according to the MCA official.

Dalal, however, denied that left-handed batsman Abhishek Nayar is the front-runner to take up the position vacated by Jaffer who, during the course of Mumbai’s unsuccessful run this season, became the highest run-getter in the national championship.

“Nayar has denied that he talked to any newspaper reporter that he was ready to take up the job if offered. That was a wrong report,” Dalal clarified.

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