Mumbai:Mumbai Indians and Bangalore Royal Challengers are discussing the possibility of swapping Robin Uthappa and Zaheer Khan during the month-long Indian Premier League players' trading window.
"Nothing has been finalised yet, but talks are on. Royal Challengers are keen to have Robin as he's also the captain of Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy," informed sources said on Wednesday, a day before the trading window closes.
There is another angle to the proposed swap as the Vijay Mallya-owned Royal Challengers want to make the flamboyant Uthappa captain of the Bangalore franchise outfit in place of Rahul Dravid, the sources said.
The Bangalore franchise had a poor first IPL season last year by finishing seventh out of eight teams.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, would welcome the inclusion of India's left-arm pace spearhead Zaheer who has had an outstanding year in international cricket in 2008.
Zaheer also played a key role in Mumbai clinching the Ranji Trophy for the 38th time by beating Uttar Pradesh in the final held at Hyderabad recently.
Mumbai Indians have made one trade-off during the window by swapping their left arm pacer Ashish Nehra with left handed opener Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Daredevils.
No money exchanged hands and it was a straight swap with both the players entitled to what they received as salary in the first edition of the multi-million dollar IPL.
This year's IPL is set to be held in April-May. Meanwhile, the IPL's Governing Council will meet in Goa in early February and the players' auction is also likely to take place there, according to other sources.