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Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) has decided to extend the date of applying for the coach’s post of the senior team by three days after a shallow response.

While the initial deadline for applying for the position was July 6, the fresh date is July 9 (Monday). The CIC will now meet on Wednesday (July 11) at the MCA’s BKC facility at 10 am to interview and pick coaches for both the Mumbai senior and Under-19 teams, after interviewing all the candidates.

Justifying the decision, the former India pacer Karsan Ghavri, admitted they wanted to give a chance to those who missed. Meanwhile, he chaired the lengthy meeting in the absence of ex-India captain Ajit Wadekar.

We need a little more time. Those who’ve missed out, can apply in this time. Then, we’ll have more choice,” Ghavri said.

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Ghavri confessed the CIC wasn’t entirely happy with only six applications for the job.

You can say that. We had less number of candidates for the interview, so we extended the time to get more choice,” he added.

Ramesh Powar, Ajay Ratra, Vinayak Samant, Pritam Gandhe, Vinod Raghavan and Nanadan Phadnis have applied for the post.

Ghavri also informed MCA had hired a company to appoint trainer and physio for the senior team.

MCA has hired a professional management company to look for a trainer and physio for the senior team. It is under consideration. We are one month behind schedule and that’s why we are hurrying up to make the structure ready to have regular camps across all levels. The senior team will soon go out for the KSCA and Buchi Babu tournaments. Things are falling in place, and soon, they’ll regularize,” he said.

Besides Ghavri, the CIC now includes five other members. They are former India seamers Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Raju Kulkarni, Mumbai stalwart Amol Muzumdar and ex-Mumbai opener Sahil Kukreja and former off-spinner Kiran Mokashi.

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Ankush Das

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