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Injured Mumbai Indians captain Rohit set to miss CLT20 qualifiers

August 30, 2014 16:18 IST

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma and Michael Hussey run between the wickets. Photograph: BCCI

Star batsman Rohit Sharma's finger fracture is not only a blow to the Indian team but a big setback for Mumbai Indians as well, who will be playing their Champions League T20 qualifiers starting September 13, in Raipur.

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With Rohit sustaining a fractured middle finger during the second ODI against England at Cardiff, it is unlikely that he will play any part during MI's qualifying round matches in Raipur, which kicks off with a match against Lahore Lions.

As of now, dashing West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard looks a likely candidate to lead the popular T20 franchise.

"While Pollard is an automatic choice in the MI set-up, his success as the captain having led the Barbados Tridents to title triumph in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will go in his favour. But Harbhajan should also be sounded out," a source in the know of things told PTI on Friday.

Among the senior players, there is Harbhajan Singh, under whom Mumbai Indians won the Champions League T20 in 2012 but according to reliable sources he is not too keen on leading the side.

The veteran India off-spinner who is fighting to make a comeback is more interested in performing well for the Mukesh Ambani-owned team.

Mumbai Indians players

Mumbai Indians players celebrate a wicket. Photograph: BCCI

Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga is also one of the senior players in the side and had also led Sri Lanka to ICC World T20 triumph after being handed over the captaincy mid-way due to sudden dip in Dinesh Chandimal's form.

Aussie great Michael Hussey's place in the playing XI is not assured, which can be a reason that he won't be considered for the hot-seat.

If fit and available, the four first-choice overseas players are likely to be Lendl Simons, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson and Lasith Malinga.

The MI will certainly be seeking a replacement for the injured Rohit, who incidentally also sustained a finger fracture during 2011 tour of England.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Aditya Tare, Jalaj Saxena, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Michael Hussey, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Marchant de Lange, Lendl Simmons.

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