Head coach Amit Pagnis steps down after Mumbai exits Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy

A day after Mumbai finished bottom of their group in the season opener Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Amit Pagnis resigned his position as the team’s head coach.

“I would like to quit my current position given the team’s performance in the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy,” Pagnis wrote to the Mumbai Cricket Association board members, in an email to which Sports star.

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“While I take responsibility for the team’s poor performance, I want to stress that the lack of preparedness in the midst of the pandemic has been a major setback. (The team) barely had time to prepare and train as a team.

It will be interesting to see if the MCA Supreme Council accepts his resignation or convinces him to continue for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, which will likely start on February 17.

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“I will do my best to make the transition as smooth as possible,” he concluded.

Pagnis, a former Mumbai and Railroad opener, was appointed head coach of the team on December 17, barely a fortnight before the team is due to enter a bio-secure hub for the T20 interstate tournament.

Mumbai finished bottom of six-team Group E, recording their lone victory in the last of Wednesday’s five games. After being wiped out by Delhi and Kerala, the team led by Suryakumar Yadav suffered a humiliating loss to Pondicherry.

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