Sairaj Bahutule and Sulakshan Kulkarni Frontrunner to be Head Coach of Mumbai
Despite the controversy surrounding the eligibility of the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) chairman and problems surrounding various selection panels, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is all set to announce their head coach of the 2019-20 season by conducting interviews for the probable coaches.
As per reports, there have been three candidates- Sairaj Bahutule, Sulakshan Kulkarni and Vinayak Samant who will be interviewed for the post of the head coach of the senior Mumbai team. Earlier Vinayak Samant had a horrendous outing as a senior coach despite Mumbai starting of the Vijay Hazare Trophy with a victory.
The subsequent Ranji Trophy was a disaster for Mumbai as the coach lost faith in the players which resulted in their underperformance during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. As per reports in the Sportstar, Sairaj Bahutule who has been a Ranji Trophy champion with Mumbai for many years is the frontrunner along with Sulakshan Kulkarni. Sairaj Bahutule had a mediocre outing as the coach of the Bengal team in the last couple of years.
Meanwhile, Sulakshan Kulkarni was the coach of Mumbai for three season which started from 2011-12. He was also the head coach of Chattisgarh when they made their maiden Ranji Trophy appearance in 2016-17. As per reports, some of the bigwigs of the MCA have backed the likes of Bahutule and Kulkarni. Hence they are the frontrunners to bag the job.
Reports in the Sportstar, the CIC has been boosted by the addition of former India left-arm pacer Karsan Ghavri. Ghavri who resigned from CIC last January has been brought back in. The former Indian pacer stated that he is looking forward to conducting the interviews.
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