Former Indian off-spinner Ramesh Powar has emerged as the leading candidate to take up the role of chief coach of the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team.
As per recent reports in Press Trust of India (PTI), Powar, Vinayak Samant, and Pradeep Sundaram have emerged as the prime three candidates for the post.
The trio has been called for an interview for the post of the head coach. Among three professionals, Powar looks favourite to take over the role. Powar played for the national team in a couple of Tests and 31 ODI’s.
As per details in the report, it is being learnt that Sameer Dighe, the former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman has not being called up for the interview. He was part of the Punjab Ranji Trophy team in the previous season of the tournament.
However, his application for the post came as a big surprise as Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) hasn’t appointed any outstation player as the coach of the Mumbai Ranji team. Moreover, Ratra has played for the Haryana Ranji team in the past.
The MCA doesn’t have many options to choose from. Despite extending the deadline for applying for the post, the application process didn’t garner a massive response as expected by the state association.
The successor of the MCA will be announced very soon. He will be replacing Sameer Dighe, who was the head coach of Mumbai for the 2017/18 season.
Chandrakant Pandit succeeded Dighe for the next season. The former cricketers didn’t really like the idea of replacing Pandit with Dighe.
Under his tenure, Mumbai didn’t manage to reach the final of the Ranji Trophy. They lost the semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Meanwhile, Dighe has been part of six Tests and 23 ODI’s for India. He stepped down from the post last month citing family reasons. Mumbai’s poor form in the tournament might have prompted him to leave the job.