Mumbai coach Amit Pagnis tenders resignation after crew crashes out of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

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Was appointed to the position in December; stays to be seen if MCA will settle for his resignation

Mumbai coach Amit Pagnis, who had been appointed in the role just over a month ago for the 2020-21 season, has despatched in his resignation after the facet’s dismal efficiency within the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Mumbai have been in Group E together with Haryana, Delhi, Kerala, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh, and completed on the backside of the group desk with just one win from 5 video games. They crashed out of the knockouts race after shedding their first 4 video games in a row.

ESPNcricinfo understands Pagnis despatched his resignation to the MCA on Wednesday, a day after their final league recreation, and wrote that his determination to step down was as a result of crew’s poor efficiency. He additionally highlighted within the electronic mail that “lack of preparation amidst the pandemic has been a major setback. The team barely got any time to prepare and practise together as a team.”

Pagnis’ contract is till March 31, 2021, and it stays to be seen if his resignation might be accepted by the MCA or if he might be requested to stay coach because the BCCI tries to organise at the least yet one more home event – the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy or a curtailed Ranji Trophy – earlier than the home season involves an finish.

Mumbai had a lot of collapses of their T20 marketing campaign, stuttering to 52 for five of their 76-run loss to Delhi, 56 for six within the eight-wicket thrashing by Haryana, and 42 for six earlier than being bowled out for 94 against Puducherry. Towards Kerala they racked up 196 for 7 however they have been unable to defend the overall as Kerala opener Mohammed Azharuddeen smashed an unbeaten 137 off 54 balls to assist chase down the overall within the 16th over.

On paper Mumbai had a powerful squad led by Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare the vice-captain, whereas the bowling assault was spearheaded by Dhawal Kulkarni. Yadav managed only 75 runs from five innings, and the skilled duo of Tare and Siddhesh Lad scored solely 56 and 27 runs respectively from 4 innings every. The youthful lot – Shivam Dube (161), Sarfaraz Khan (115) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (103) – have been the primary run-getters, serving to Mumbai to a powerful whole towards Kerala and the five-wicket win within the final league recreation, chasing down 155 with greater than an over to spare towards Andhra Pradesh.

Within the bowling division, Kulkarni went wicketless in his 4 video games, Tushar Deshpande conceded 13.57 runs per over in two video games and left-arm spinner Shams Mulani took 4 wickets however leaked 11.27 runs per over within the three matches he performed. Probably the most spectacular performances within the bowling assault too have been from kids Dube (three wickets with 7.50 economic system fee) and left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar (three wickets with an economic system fee of 5) who made his Mumbai debut this season.

Pagnis was appointed mid-December and the squad was requested to assemble on December 29 on the Wankhede Stadium, which gave them 13 days earlier than their first recreation on January 11 towards Delhi. The opposite groups within the group arrived in Mumbai later and have been allowed to coach solely after three rounds of Covid-19 assessments on January 2, four and 6. Mumbai have been the one crew within the group to play all their matches on residence grounds – the Wankhede Stadium and Bandra Kurla Advanced.

Vishal Dikshit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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