Omkar Salvi recommended as the head coach by Mumbai players

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Omkar Salvi recommended as the head coach by Mumbai players

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SportsCafe Desk

06/14/2018

Omkar Salvi, who has been the bowling coach of Mumbai senior team for 4 years, has been recommended by Mumbai players as the ideal choice for position of head coach. Mumbai Cricket Association invited top six Mumbai players to discuss future of Mumbai cricket, where players endorsed Salvi as coach.

The Mumbai players have recommended the name of Omkar Salvi for the position of head coach, which has been left vacant after former India stumper Sameer Dighe, who quit the job due to family reasons. The younger brother of former India and Mumbai pacer Avishkar Salvi, Omkar, has been a bowling coach with the Mumbai senior team for the past four seasons. His contract ended after the last season. Interestingly, Omkar has never played for Mumbai.

According to sources, Unmesh Khanvilkar, the secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), invited top six Mumbai players - skipper Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Abhishek Nayar, Dhawal Kulkarni and Shardul Thakur for a meeting to discuss the future of Mumbai cricket. It has been speculated that the idea of meeting was being given the committee of Administrators (COA). 

"It was a laudable initiative by the MCA. We were asked for our views on possible options for the post of Mumbai coach, physio and trainer. While we asked Khanvilkar to consult the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for the role of trainer and physio, all of us spoke in favour of Salvi as coach. He's done an excellent job with the Mumbai team in the past four years. He was very helpful for all the players in all departments of the game.

"He would come earlier than everybody for practice, and was the last man to leave. Though he was a bowling coach, he would help out batsmen too by giving them throwdowns. He gave useful practice to us too. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of each one of us, and has seen our ups and downs. Having worked with three previous coaches of Mumbai - Pravin Amre, Chandrakant Pandit and Sameer Dighe - he has a fair bit of experience of coaching at this level. He coached a team during the Mumbai T20 league too," a player told TOI on Wednesday.

"If not him, then Amre, or Nayar (as a player-cummentor), would be a good choice," he added.

"The final decision rests with the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC), but we're happy that we were asked too," said another player. 

TIn another interesting development, MCA has now made yo-yo tests compulsory for the Under-23 and Ranji players. 

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