Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA)has delayed the appointment of a coach for their Ranji Trophy side. Members of MCA’ s improvement committee met today and selected coaches for different age groups but delayed the appointment of coach for Ranji Trophy side. The selection has been deferred until June 2.
“We have appointed coaches for all the age groups barring the Ranji Trophy and will decide on the matter on June 2,” a MCA source said.
However, there are only two front runners for the job in form of Pravin Amre and Sameer Dighe. Amre has earlier worked as the coach of the side. He was replaced by Chandrakant Pandit who took over the job two years ago in 2015. He led the team to a Ranji title in his first year as coach and in the last season, Mumbai reached the finals.
Despite the team doing well, MCA has surprised by not giving Pandit an extension. Earlier, MCA appointed Ajit Agarkar, the former Indian all-rounder as the head of the selection committee. He replaced Milind Rege for the job. MCA is looking for an overhaul change in the committee.
Recently, MCA opted for a unique style during the selection of players for age groups as instead of registering names of a player, they allotted a code to each and every player so as to prevent any selection bias and nepotism during the process. Their move received a positive feedback from the former players. Gautam Gambhir was one of the players who supported this move from MCA.