Vinayak Samant applies for the post of Mumbai cricket selector

Vinayak Samant applies for the post of Mumbai cricket selector MUMBAI: Former wicketkeeper Vinayak Samant, who was the Mumbai senior team’s coach for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, is amongst the applicants for the post of selector of the Mumbai senior team.
On Thursday, the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC), headed by former India batsman and selector Jatin Paranjape, will interview 40-odd candidates for the position of for Mumbai’s senior teams (Ranji & under-23) and the under-19 team for the forthcoming season at the association’s facility in BKC.
According to sources, the BCCI has already sent a tentative calendar — which includes all the tournaments— of the 2021-22 domestic season to the state associations. Thus, with the Board looking to conduct a full-fledged domestic season, including the Ranji Trophy and the under-23 and under-19 tournaments, which could not be held last time due to Covid, the MCA wants to be prepared accordingly.
With Samant as head coach, Mumbai clinched the Vijay Hazare Trophy (one-dayers) in the 2018-19 season and reached the semis of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20s) next season. Known as a gritty player, the 48-year-old played 101 first-class matches, scoring 3,496 runs. He effected 37 stumpings and took 310 catches.
“Apart from Samant, (former India fast bowler) Salil Ankola, who was the chief selector of the senior team last year, Kiran Mokashi, Ravi Thakkar, Pradeep Kasliwal, Sunil More and Mayur Kadrekar will appear for the interview for the post, a source told TOI.
Apart from Paranjape, the CIC includes ex-India players Vinod Kambli and Nilesh Kulkarni. On June 1, the CIC had picked domestic stalwart Amol Muzumdar as the Mumbai senior team’s head coach for the 2021-22 season.
Once the covid restrictions are eased, the MCA is looking at conducting a preparatory camp for the Mumbai probables.
“We just want to be prepared for the season, and for that we need to appoint the selectors because they’ll select the probables (for an off-season camp). Having appointed Amol as the head coach, we need to appoint the selectors to get the entire process of preparing for the season started,” Paranjape told TOI.
Apart from Ankola, last season’s selection committee was headed by former India fast bowler, with the other members of the panel being Sanjay Patil, Ravindra Thaker, Zulfiqar Parkar and Ravi Kulkarni.
Earlier this month, the MCA had announced on its website that acting “on the recommendations of the CIC, it has extended the last date to receive applications for the positions of senior and junior selectors till 5 pm on June 15.”
On April 1, the MCA had invited applications for the post of selectors for its teams at the senior and junior age-group levels, but the process seemed to have been delayed by the second wave of Covid-19.
To be a selector for Mumbai’s senior teams (includes under-23 also), one should have played a minimum of seven Tests or 30 first-class matches or 10 ODIs and 20 first-class matches. The person should have retired from the game at least five years previously and should be below 70 years of age.
The eligibility criteria for junior selectors mentions a minimum of 25 first-class matches.


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