MCA extends deadline for Ranji coach applications

The CIC also decided to interview all the candidates on Wednesday before zeroing in on the man who will be at the helm of resurrecting Mumbai cricket.

Former India spinner, Ramesh Powar, has applied for the role of coach of Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy team. (File Photo)   -  Vivek Bendre

The rejigged Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has extended the deadline for coaches in the city to apply for Mumbai's senior and Under-19 coach's post.

The CIC also decided to interview all the candidates on Wednesday before zeroing in on the man who will be at the helm of resurrecting Mumbai cricket.

In the first meeting of the revamped CIC, chaired by Karsan Ghavri, after scanning the six applications for the Ranji coach and eight for U-19, extended the date for applications till Tuesday (July 10).

It is understood that the CIC felt the need to have more choices before finalising the Ranji coach for the season.

Ghavri, the former Test left-arm bowler and Mumbai coach, played safe while explaining the rationale behind the postponement.

“We had a good lengthy meeting about cricket and other issues. We need little more time, so we have extended (the deadline) for three days,” Ghavri said after the meeting.

“The people who have missed out on applying in this time frame, they have more time and they will be considered," he said.

The MCA had originally sought applications for both the posts, along with those for physiotherapist and trainer, till July 3.

It meant that interested coaches could barely get a week's time to make up their mind and submit their application.

According to Ghavri, the CIC considered the factor and decided to wait for a few more days. “This could be a reason that we had less number of candidates, so that's why we have extended the time, we have more options, more choice.”

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