Bengaluru, September 17: Followed by the departures of KB Pawan, R. Jonathan, Sinan Abdul Khader and Amit Verma to other states for the forthcoming domestic cricket season, another state cricketer has bid goodbye for Karnataka.
Now, it’s left-handed batsman Abrar Kazi, who has joined the Nagaland squad with former state team-mates Jonathan and Pawan. According to BCCI, only three domestic guest players are allowed to be part of the senior state team and Kazi will be the third from Karnataka to sign up with the North-East team.
On his new journey, Kazi exclusively spoke to Sport Seam, “The current Karnataka team has plenty of talented players and it has become difficult to find a spot in the team. That is why I opted for another state team and here I will get to play more matches. It’s a new experience, new team and state. I’m playing out of my comfort zone and this will be a challenging season.”
In the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season, Kazi was part of the state squad that clinched the trophy. In nine first-class matches, the 28-year-old Kazi has scored 322 runs that include a century and 14 wickets. In 20 List ‘A’ games, Kazi has taken 29 scalps while two wickets in T20 matches.
Meanwhile, Jonathan is likely to lead the Nagaland while former IPL team Deccan Chargers assistant and Hyderabad Ranji Trophy coach Kanwaljeet Singh has been named the head coach.