Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has applied for the role of Mumbai head coach along with domestic stalwart Amol Mazumdar and former leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule.
Wasim Jaffer Applied for Mumbai Head Coach
The post was vacated by Ramesh Powar who was appointed as the head coach of the senior national women’s team earlier this month.
A total of 9 candidates applied for the Mumbai head coach post before the May 24 deadline. The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) had last week sought applications with eligibility criteria of minimum 50 first-class matches after Powar had to leave role.
Former India pacer Balwinder Singh Sandhu, a member of the 1983 World Cup Winning India team, has also applied for the post.
It is understood that among others who have applied are former keeper-batsman Sulkashan Kulkarni, pacer Pradeep Sunderram, Nandan Phadnis, Umesh Patwal and Vinod Raghvan.
Jaffer is the most experienced among the candidates with 31 Tests. He had worked with the Punjab Kings side in IPL 2021.
Muzumdar, a former Mumbai captain under whom the team won the coveted Ranji Trophy, has been a batting coach with the NCA, IPL team Rajasthan Royals, and also a consultant when South African played against India in 2019.
Bahutule, who played two Tests and eight ODIs for India, is a domestic stalwart, having played 188 first-class games, in which he picked staggering 630 wickets. He has coached Vidarbha, Kerala, Bengal and has been Gujarat’s coach for the past two seasons.
Last season, Mumbai had initially appointed Amit Pagnis as the coach for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, but after its disastrous show, Pagnis then stepped down.
MCA turned to Powar before the Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign and the former off-spinner delivered instantly, helping the team win the tournament earlier this year.