PRAVIN AMRE, who guided Mumbai and West Zone to Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy triumphs in the just-concluded Indian domestic season, has been hired as coach of Mumbai Indians for IPL 2. The 40-year-old Amre replaces Lalchand Rajput for the post and will work in tandem with team mentor Shaun Pollock and fielding coach Jonty Rhodes.
Amre was interviewed by the Mumbai Indians think-tank on Sunday and also made a presentation to the Mumbai Indians think-tank. He was still waiting to hear officially from the franchisee on Monday evening. “Amre fits the profile quite well,” a Mumbai Indians official told HT on Monday. “We would like to look at him on a long term basis but will first see how it goes with him in the current IPL season.”
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Indians players would leave in batches for South Africa with the youngsters leaving early. The top players including captain Sachin Tendulkar would reach South Africa after April 10.
Mumbai Indians will have no bar on the number of players travelling to South Africa. “The fact that players have been selected means they would be part of the IPL. All the members of the squad would travel to SA. No one will be left behind,” said the source.
Rajput, when contacted on Monday, said he would accept the decision taken by the team owners. “It is up to the franchisee to decide who will be the coach.
They already have Shaun Pollock as mentor and Jonty is there as fielding coach. I don’t know whether they need a coach or an assistant coach.”
Patel to leave today
Bangalore Royal Challengers CEO Brijesh Patel will leave for South Africa on Tuesday morning on a preliminary visit. Speaking to HT on the eve of the visit, Patel said, “We should do well. The support staff and six of the 10 foreign players know the conditions better. That should help us a lot.”
Their top coaching staff members are all South Africans. Head coach Ray Jennings is a former SA national coach and is being assisted by 37-year-old former first class wicket-keeper Grant Morgan, while Eric Simmons is the bowling coach. Patel sounded pleased with the team at his disposal. “It is more balanced compared to last year.” “We have quite a few explosive batsmen.” He was elated with the form his players.