In an interesting move, the Mumbai selection committee decided to include 14-year-old Armaan Jaffer in the Ranji Trophy probables list along with his uncle and state team stalwart Wasim Jaffer.
In what can be termed a rarity in Indian cricket, the duo will be training together for the same team which also includes veteran Sachin Tendulkar, who would be looking to play a few first-class games before embarking on the Test series in South Africa.
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It will be a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for Armaan to train alongside a legend like Tendulkar as well as uncle Wasim who is considered one of the finest batsman in domestic cricket. He might also get an opportunity to face the likes of experienced pacer Zaheer Khan in the nets.
Armaan has been a force to reckon with in Mumbai's tough school cricket circuit as he became a household name with a knock of 473 in last February for his school Rizvi Springfield in the prestigious Harris Shield final at the Matunga Gymkhana ground. Interestingly, he also scored an astounding 498 in the Giles Shield final back in 2010.
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Armaan has been a regular member of the Mumbai Under-16 squad in the last edition of the Vijay Merchant Trophy.
He may not make the cut in the final squad but this experience will hold him in good stead when he plays for the Mumbai Under-19 team in the forthcoming season.
Probables list: Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar, Wasim Jaffer, Arman Jaffer, Zaheer Khan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Abhishek Nayar, Suryakumar Yadav, Iqbal Abdulla, Aditya Tare, Hiken Shah, Kshemal Waingankar, Kaustubh Pawar, Siddhesh Lad, Vishal Dabholkar, Ramesh Powar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Javed Khan, Shardul Thakur, Saurabh Netrawalkar, Akhil Herwadkar, Sarfaraz Khan, Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Jr.), Sagar Kerkar, Sufiyan Shaikh, Sarvesh Damle, Atul Singh, Pratik Dabholkar and Avishkar Salvi.