India all-rounder Krunal Pandya has stepped down as the skipper of the Baroda side following the team's underwhelming campaign in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. With four points in Group B, Baroda finished at the bottom of the points table with one win and four defeats in five league matches.
The secretary of Baroda Cricket Association, Ajit Lele, told PTI that Krunal communicated his decision to the state body on Friday but did not give any reason for leaving the leadership role.
"He will remain available as a player. He communicated his decision to the president. His successor will be named after the selectors meeting tomorrow," said Lele.
Krunal has been an integral part of the Mumbai Indians team and secured his place in the national side after exploits in the shortest format of the game. The 30-year old has played five ODIs and 19 T20 Internationals.
The team is gearing up for the Vijay Hazare Trophy starting next month, and experienced batter Kedar Devdhar is among the frontrunners to succeed Krunal.
Last year, Krunal was involved in an ugly spat with then-teammate Deepak Hooda. The right-handed batter, now plying his trade for Rajasthan, left the Baroda side after claiming that he was abused by Krunal.