Wasim Jaffer, the former India opening batsman, has entered the race to be Mumbai’s next coach along with his former team-mates Amol Muzumdar, Sairaj Bahutule and Sulakshan Kulkarni.
The deadline set by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for the aspiring candidates to apply for Mumbai’s next coach expired on Monday evening. While an MCA official confirmed that “at least nine applications”, including the aforementioned quartet, have applied for the prestigious post, Jaffer confirmed to Sportstar of having submitted his application.
Jaffer, after having retired last year as the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy history, had a controversial run as the Uttarakhand coach during the curtailed domestic season. He has also been the batting coach for Punjab Kings in the last two IPL editions.
Jaffer will be vying for the pressure along with two other former Mumbai Ranji Trophy-winning captains in Muzumdar and Bahutule, both of who having been a part of the Rajasthan Royals support staff. While Bahutule has been the Gujarat coach for the last two seasons, Muzumdar was in contention for the Mumbai coach’s post for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Kulkarni has achieved the player-coach double of lifting the Mumbai Ranji title. Interestingly, he combined with Jaffer, the captain, for Mumbai’s title in 2012-13.
Besides them, the other five candidates who have also applied for the role are former Mumbai coach and 1983 World Cup champion Balwinder Singh Sandhu, former Mumbai assistant coach Pradeep Sunderam and former Afghanistan assistant coach Umesh Patwal.
Two seasoned coaches who have been involved extensively in Mumbai’s junior coaching set-up – Nandan Phadnis and Vinod Raghavan – have also applied for the role.