The Mumbai Cricket Association has named Amol Muzumdar has as the new head coach of Mumbai’s cricket team for the 2021-22 domestic season. The MCA confirmed that the selection was made upon the recommendation of the trio of MCA’s Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC)- Jatin Paranjpe (chairman), Nilesh Kulkarni and Vinod Kambli.
Along with Muzumdar, CIC interviewed nine candidates – Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Wadim Jaffer, Sairaj Bahutule, Sulakshan Kulkarni, Pradeep Sunderram, Nandan Phadnis, Umesh Patwal, and Vinod Raghvan. Eventually, the committee decided to appoint Muzumdar as the coach.
A former Mumbai captain himself, Muzumdar played 171 first-class games and scored over 11,000 runs in a career spanning close to 20 years between 1993 and 2013. He was a prolific batsman for Mumbai during his 16-year stint from 1993 and 2009. After leaving Mumbai’s team, Muzumdar also played for Andhra Pradesh and Assam before retiring in 2013.
In terms of his coaching career, Muzumdar had small coaching stints with the India U-19 team. He also acted as a batting consultant for the Netherlands and South Africa for small durations. His latest coaching stint was at Rajasthan Royals during IPL 2021. Muzumdar is likely to work with Rajasthan Royals for the rest of the IPL 2021 games during September and October in UAE.
Muzumdar will be taking over the reins from Ramesh Powar in Mumbai’s cricket team. Powar was recently appointed as the head coach of the Indian Women’s team. The former Indian spinner had ended his tenure strongly by helping Mumbai to win the Vijay Hazare trophy. Muzumdar faces the difficult task of bringing success for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. Mumbai’s cricket team is going through a lean patch in Ranji Trophy. They last lifted the prestigious trophy way back in 2015. With some promising talent at his disposal, Muzumdar will be looking forward to bring Mumbai back at the pinnacle of Indian domestic cricket.