India domestic news May 5, 2014

Amre appointed Mumbai Ranji coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pravin Amre, the former India batsman, has been named the coach of the Mumbai Ranji team. It's the second time Amre has been handed the role - he led Mumbai to three Ranji wins during his previous tenure that lasted five seasons between 2006-07 and 2011-12.

Amre was chosen over Ajit Agarkar, Balwinder Sandhu, Sairaj Bahutule, Rahul Mankad and Sandeep Dahad, the other five candidates interviewed by the Mumbai Cricket Association. Apart from the past success with the Mumbai team, Amre's CV also includes a stint with Mumbai Indians in 2009 as batting coach and three years as assistant coach with the now defunct Pune Warriors franchise.

Amre also started a new trend in domestic cricket when he took up the role of personal batting coach to Robin Uthappa. He has since helped Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane in a similar capacity. It remains to be seen if he would continue his work with Uthappa with the increased responsibility.

The Mumbai coach's position had been left vacant due to the sacking of Sulakshan Kulkarni after Mumbai's quarter-final exit in 2013-14 Ranji Trophy. Mumbai appointed Lalchand Rajput as the interim coach for the remainder of the season, but the team continued its dismal run and failed to qualify for the knockouts of both the one-day and the T20 tournaments.