New City's coach has paid new import Shoaib Shaikh the ultimate compliment, comparing him with a former player who's among the best batsmen of recent years.
Saurabh Bandekar topped the association's run-scorers in 2018-19, cracking 843 runs at 56, with one ton and seven half-centuries.
"He's very similar to 'Bandy', he looks and bats very similar to him," coach Akki Murthy said.
"He knew 'Bandy' from a young age, playing at a junior level."
Bandekar has played 64 first-class games and boasts more than 2000 runs, including a ton and 10 half-centuries.
Shaikh hasn't played first-class cricket, although he's spent time with Mumbai's squad at that level.
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If he can replicate his countryman's form for New City this summer, it will lift the club's chances enormously of featuring in finals.
The CAW season is scheduled to start on Saturday, October 10.