Tendulkar, Zaheer to play for Mumbai

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/t/tendulkar_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Mumbai got a major boost with Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan joining the squad for the Ranji Trophy semifinal match against Saurashtra.

Updated: December 30, 2008 12:22 IST
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Mumbai got a major boost with star players Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan joining the squad for the Ranji Trophy semifinal match against West Zone rivals Saurashtra to be played in Chennai from January 4 to 7.

This is the first match this season that the two India stalwarts will play for Mumbai who would be led by another Test player, opener Wasim Jaffer.

Tendulkar and Zaheer have replaced Praful Waghela and Rahil Shaikh in the squad that defeated Himachal Pradesh by nine wickets at Ahmedabad in the quarterfinal tie which ended on Tuesday.

The other change in the 37-time national champions' team is left arm spinner Ankit Chavan for another left-arm slow bowler Iqbal Abdulla, according to Mumbai Cricket Association's joint secretary Hemant Waingankar.

Saurashtra outplayed Karnataka by five wickets at the Brabourne Stadium here yesterday in another quarterfinal tie.

Saurashtra had taken the first innings points against Mumbai when the two teams met earlier in the season at Rajkot in their Group 'A' Elite Division contest.

The other semifinal between Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh would be held at Nagpur on the same dates.

Mumbai squad: Wasim Jaffer (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rahane, Sahil Kukreja, Amol Muzumdar, Rohit Sharma, Ajit Agarkar, Vinayak Samant (wk), Sairaj Bahutule, Ramesh Powar, Zaheer Khan, Dhaval Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Usman Malvi and Ankit Chavan.

Coach: Pravin Amre.

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