The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is keen to have former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar as a ‘mentor’ to its Ranji Trophy team in the upcoming season, which starts in January. The move comes after domestic giants Mumbai underperformed in both the white ball tournaments – Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy – under Amol Muzumdar. The multiple Ranji champions were eliminated in the competition stages of both tournaments. The idea of making 65-year-old Vengsarkar, a staunch 116 Test man and a former MCA official, was floated by the cricket body treasurer, Jagdish Achrekar.
In an email to MCA chairman Vijay Patil, Achrekar wrote: “I refer to my December 13 email to convene an urgent Apex Council meeting to discuss the performance of various Mumbai teams, more particularly the senior men’s team.”
“Since there has been no response so far, I request that you consider appointing a mentor to boost the morale of our senior men’s team. I could imagine we have famous players such as Dilip Vengsarkar sir, Balwinder Singh Sandhu sir, Milind Rege sir and Raju Kulkarni sir who can come forward to help Mumbai play cricket during this crisis period,” Achrekar wrote in the email, a copy of which is in the possession of PTI.
The matter then came up in Tuesday’s MCA meeting.
“After the first apex council meeting, Dr. Patil spoke to Vengsarkar and asked him to become the mentor of the Ranji team,” a senior MCA official, who is aware of the developments, told PTI on Wednesday.
Vengsarkar has an eye for talent and was the former chairman of national selectors.
At present, the Mumbai team is coached by domestic stalwart Muzumdar and for the Ranji Trophy, they are clubbed together with Karnataka, Delhi, Hyderabad, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra in Elite Group C and play their league matches in Kolkata.
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