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Mumbai Indians confident to make it a city double

cricket Updated: Apr 01, 2009 15:14 IST

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After guiding Mumbai to their 38th Ranji Trophy crown as coach, Praveen Amre has set his sights on another coveted title - the Indian Premier League - to be played in South Africa from April 18 to May 24.

Amre, who has joined as coach of Mumbai Indians franchise outfit and aims to act as the bridge between the youngsters and team mentor Shaun Pollock, said the rapport he has built up over the last three years with Mumbai players and West Zone cricketers would be very useful.

“The difference between my stint for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy and for Mumbai Indians is that I would be more accountable,” Amre told reporters on Wednesday at the Brabourne Stadium.

“The rapport I have built over the last three years coaching Mumbai in Ranji Trophy will be helpful. I also know most of the players in the team. That will be an added advantage”, said Amre who made a Test century on debut at Kingsmead in Durban during India’s maiden visit in 1992.

Amre pointed out the importance of domestic cricketers in the success or otherwise of each of the eight franchise teams.

“Each team will have seven domestic players in the playing eleven and for any team to do well the performance of these cricketers is vital,” he noted.