NEW HEAD COACH
“We were asked for our views on possible options for the post of Mumbai coach, physio and trainer.” © Getty
The Mumbai players have really useful the title of Omkar Salvi for the placement of head coach, which has been left vacant after former India stumper Dighe hand over. The more youthful brother of former India and Mumbai pacer Avishkar Salvi, Omkar, has been a bowling coach with the Mumbai senior workforce for the previous 4 seasons. His contract ended after the remaining season. Interestingly, Omkar hasn’t ever performed for Mumbai.
According to assets, in an absolutely novel transfer, Unmesh Khanvilkar, the secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), invited six best Mumbai players – skipper Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Abhishek Nayar, Dhawal Kulkarni and Shardul Thakur for a gathering to talk about the “way forward for Mumbai cricket.” The thought, most likely, turns out to had been mooted through the Committee of Administrators (COA).
“It was a laudable initiative by the MCA. We were asked for our views on possible options for the post of Mumbai coach, physio and trainer. While we asked Khanvilkar to consult the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for the role of trainer and physio, all of us spoke in favour of Salvi as coach. He’s done an excellent job with the Mumbai team in the past four years. He was very helpful for all the players in all departments of the game. He would come earlier than everybody for practice, and was the last man to leave. Though he was a bowling coach, he would help out batsmen too by giving them throwdowns. He gave useful practice to us too. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of each one of us, and has seen our ups and downs. Having worked with three previous coaches of Mumbai – Pravin Amre, Chandrakant Pandit and Sameer Dighe – he has a fair bit of experience of coaching at this level. He coached a team during the Mumbai T20 league too,” a participant informed TOI on Wednesday. “If not him, then Amre, or Nayar (as a player-cummentor), would be a good choice,” he added.
“The final decision rests with the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC), but we’re happy that we were asked too,” stated any other participant. The CoA is about to satisfy new CIC chairman, former India all-rounder Ajit Agarkar, who is additionally the executive selector on Thursday to talk about the problem. In any other attention-grabbing building, MCA has now made yo-yo checks obligatory for the Under-23 and Ranji players. This even if they do not have a physio and teacher in position for the senior workforce after Ashutosh Nimse and Pratik Kadam, who joined Mumbai Indians, hand over their posts. To make it worse, Amogh Pandit, the teacher on the MCA’s BKC academy, too has hand over.