Mumbai Ranji coach appointment likely to be deferred

Mumbai’s preparation for the upcoming domestic cricket season could be further delayed with the appointment of senior coach, physiotherapist, trainer and the under-19 coach likely to be deferred.

While inviting applications last week, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) had stated that the shortlisted candidates would be interviewed on July 6. However, with the Court-appointed Committee of Administrators ratifying the re-jigged CIC only on Thursday, it was too short a notice for the new CIC members to interview the candidates on Friday.

The Hindu
understands that the seven-member CIC — Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Raju Kulkarni, Amol Muzumdar, Karsan Ghavri, Ajit Wadekar and Kiran Mokashi — will meet on Friday.

However, instead of the interviews, it will scan applications for two coaches’ posts. The applications were invited after Sameer Dighe and Satish Samant declined to continue as the Ranji and U-19 coaches, respectively.

This would mean that the six candidates who have applied for the Ranji Trophy coach’s post — former Mumbai stalwart and Test spinner Ramesh Powar, former India wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra, former Mumbai ‘keeper Vinayak Samant, former Vidarbha off-spinner Pritam Gandhe, former Maharashtra ‘keeper Nandan Phadnis and Mumbai junior coach Vinod Raghavan — along with applicants for other posts, will be kept waiting for a few more days.

Eight coaches have applied for the under-19 position.

It will be interesting to see if the CIC appoints the physiotherapist and trainer. It is understood that the list of probables for the Ranji Trophy and under-23 pre-season fitness camps had been prepared by Mumbai’s senior selection panel headed by former India speedster Ajit Agarkar almost a month ago.

However, with the association not having been able to rope in a trainer, the camp, which usually starts mid-June every year, has been stalled. A cricketer-turned-trainer had offered to chip in as an interim arrangement but his services were unaffordable for the association.

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