Shreyas Iyer included in Mumbai squad for Ranji Trophy semifinals

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer has been struggling for form and fitness. File photo: IANS/Suresh Kumar

Mumbai: Middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer was on Tuesday named in Mumbai's 16-member squad for the Ranji Trophy semifinals against Tamil Nadu starting on Saturday.

Mumbai qualified for the semifinals after their quarterfinal clash with Baroda ended in a draw at the BKC Ground, with the 41-time champions making it to the final four on the basis of first-innings lead.

Lacking big runs and struggling with a back-related issue again, the 29-year-old Iyer was not named in India's squad for the last three Tests against England.

Iyer, subsequently, also missed Mumbai's quarterfinals along with all-rounder Shivam Dube.

The timing of Iyer pulling out of the key Ranji clash coincided with Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jay Shah announcing that a directive will be issued to players to compulsorily play domestic matches.

Iyer has recovered completely and will be available for the semifinals.

Mumbai squad: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Bhupen Lalwani, Amogh Bhatkal, Musheer Khan, Prasad Pawar, Hardik Tamore, Shardul Thakur, Shams Mulani, Tanush Kotian, Aditya Dhumal, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Avasthi, Royston Dias, Dhawal Kulkarni. 

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