Indian Premier League 2009 March 31, 2009

Mumbai Indians hire Amre as assistant coach

Pravin Amre, the former Indian batsman, has been appointed assistant coach of the Mumbai Indians for the second season of the IPL. Amre fills in the breach left after the departure of Lalchand Rajput, who stepped down for "personal" reasons, walking out of his three-year contract. Amre's signing is part of the ongoing hiring process at the Mumbai franchise, which recently appointed the former South African captain Shaun Pollock as a mentor.

Amre, who coached the Mumbai Ranji team to two trophy victories in the last three years, said he took the offer from Mumbai Indians because it would offer him international exposure. "With my experience as the Mumbai coach I will be acting as the bridge between the domestic players and the coaching staff, mainly Pollock," Amre said.

Amre was part of a bunch of candidates who were asked to give their presentation two days ago but his handsome CV as a coach and also his experience on the South African circuit clinched the deal in his favour. Amre was part of the 1991-92 tour and even scored a century on debut in Durban. He later played for Boland in the South African domestic circuit in 1999 where he got the chance to move around the country.

Mumbai Indians officials confirmed Amre's appointment but did not divulge much on Rajput's exit. "He [Rajput] has put in his papers citing personal reasons," a Mumbai spokesperson said. Rajput, however, was unavailable for comment.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo