Former wicketkeeper Vinayak Samant has pipped Ramesh Powar to become head coach of Mumbai for the 2018-19 season. Samant’s appointment ends a month-long fracas that first began with Sameer Dighe’s resignation in June.
“I’m very glad and very happy, but at the same time I know that it’s a very big responsibility on me,” Samant mentioned. “I’m sure that I will fulfil with very positive results. So I’m hoping my presence will benefit players as well as the association. Let’s hope for best.”
Samant, Powar and Pradeep Sunderam, the previous Rajasthan quick bowler, have been the three shortlisted candidates formally referred to as for interviews by Mumbai’s Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) comprising Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Raju Kulkarni, Kiran Mokashi and Sahil Kukreja. However, the CIC additionally then approached former India batsman Pravin Amre to take up the vacant position despite the fact that he hadn’t formally utilized for the job.
Amre, who was final Mumbai coach till the 2015-16 season, is known to have requested for time, as a result of his involvement as batting coach with Delhi Daredevils put him in a direct battle of curiosity. The ultimate determination was taken a day after the matter was deliberated over a nine-hour lengthy assembly in Mumbai.
Samant, 45, represented Mumbai, Assam and Tripura in the course of the course of his 16-year first-class profession. His final stint as a participant with Mumbai, with whom he gained 4 Ranji Trophy titles, was in 2010. He formally retired from first-class cricket in December 2011. In all, he performed 101 first-class matches and made 3496 runs at 28.19.
Samant has earlier teaching expertise, having helmed Mumbai’s Under-23 squad for 2 seasons after being appointed in 2015 following Sairaj Bahutule’s resignation. Meanwhile, recently-retired allrounder Wilkin Mota was handed cost of the Under-19 facet for the 2018-19 season.
Mumbai, who final gained the Ranji Trophy in 2015-16, have had as many as three coaches within the final 4 seasons. Chandrakant Pandit, who returned for 2 seasons, was sacked following Mumbai’s loss within the Ranji Trophy ultimate to Gujarat in January final 12 months.
They endured a tough 2017-18 home season, the place they have been have been crushed within the quarterfinal of each the Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy, by Karnataka and Maharashtra respectively, whereas dropping three of their 4 matches within the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s.