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Samant is new Mumbai coach


Mumbai : Former Mumbai stumper Vinayak Samant has been appointed as the new coach of the Mumbai Ranji team for the upcoming season. The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) also appointed Wilkin Mota as the coach of its under-19 team.

The announcements were made by MCA Joint Secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar after the cricket body’s Cricket Improvement Committee met here for two days to decide on the new coach.

The vacancy arose after former India stumper Sameer Dighe quit just after one season as the Mumbai coach.

Mota succeeds Satish Samant as the under 19 coach. “The CIC has decided that Vinayak Samant will be the coach for Ranji team and Wilkin Mota for the U-19 team,” Khanvilkar told reporters here.

Samant pipped former Rajasthan cricketer Pradeep Sundaram and former India off spinner Ramesh Powar, who were in the race. The 46-year-old Samant, who played 101 first class games, had amassed 3,496 runs, with the highest score of 200 not out.

Samant on his part said that it was a big responsibility. “I’m very glad and very happy, but at the same time I know that it’s a very big responsibility on me. I’m sure that I will fulfil with very positive results. Let’s hope for best,” Samant said.