Vinayak Samant appointed as the head coach of Mumbai cricket team

The wicketkeeper-batsman pipped former off-spinner, Ramesh Powar who was a strong contender for the post and has been appointed as the head coach of Mumbai Ranji team by Mumbai’s Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC).

Vinayak Samant appointed as the head coach of Mumbai cricket team

Former keeper-batsman Vinayak Samant has been chosen as the head coach for Mumbai for the 2018-19 season. While there were other contenders for the post, Vinayak Samant has been the final choice of the Mumbai’s Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC). The appointment has put a conclusion to the state of confusion that began after the resignation of former head coach Sameer Dighe in June.

The Committee had later put an advertisement for interested candidates to apply for the post of head coach. The selection would have been earlier but the committee had extended the limit for application for the post after they received less than expected entries.

Samant, Ramesh Powar and Pradeep Sunderam, were the three candidates that were shortlisted and were called for the interviews by CIC. Eventually, they chose Samant after approaching former India batsman Pravin Amre for the post even though he hadn’t formally applied for the post. But Amre had some prior commitments and couldn’t manage to accept the offer.

45-year old Samant has represented Mumbai, Assam and Tripura during his 16-year first-class career. He announced retirement from first-class cricket in December 2011. Samant has played 101 first-class matches scoring 3496 runs at an average of 28.19.

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