BCCI secretary, Ajay Shirke has brought some new faces into the Maharashtra Cricket Association © AFP
BCCI secretary, Ajay Shirke has brought some new faces into the Maharashtra Cricket Association with a hope for a change © AFP

Shrikant Kalyani, the former Maharashtra and Bengal batsman, has been named coach of the Maharashtra senior team for the 2016-17 Indian domestic season. Kalyani succeeds Australian David Andrews, who coached the side in the last two seasons. Maharashtra had an underwhelming season in 2015-16, finishing third from last in Group A. Kalyani said he kept track of Maharashtra’s recent performances, and that he would address the team’s issues. Ajay Shirke, the president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association, announced the state’s selection committee for the Ranji Trophy will include Kalyani whereas on the selection committee are the assistant coach Akshay Tandale, Riyaz Bagwan (chairman), Kaisar Fakih and Rahul Dhole Patil. ALSO READ: BCCI condoles death of former Maharashtra player Sunil Gudge

According to cricinfo.com, “It is a great feeling to be appointed as Maharashtra coach. I came to know that it is a decision taken by the managing committee of the Maharashtra Cricket Association. After playing more than 18 years of first-class cricket, I would really like to share my experience with the boys and nurture their talent. My main purpose will be to enhance the talent of the boys overall. I have to work on their fitness, technique, and their strengths”, told Kalyani.

Maharashtra have had a number of coaches in recent times like Shaun Williams, Dermot Reeve, Surendra Bhave and Andrews, but Kalyani said he wasn’t worried about getting or not getting a long stint. “I suppose the contract is for one year. I am not concerned with the long-run coaching contract. I am concerned with enhancing the performance of the boys”, concluded a confident Kalyani.