Amol Muzumdar has decided to end his marathon 20-year journey in domestic cricket. The Mumbai stalwart, who will turn 40 on November 11, will make an official announcement on Thursday at Khar Gymkhana.
Amol Muzumdar at Wankhede as part of the commentary team during a Ranji match in 2011
"Amol is very happy with what he has achieved on the field. He felt it was time to move on and he is happy with the Netherlands team (as assistant coach).
He is also looking forward to doing cricket commentary in the future," said umpire and friend Marcus Couto, who had an hour-long chat with Muzumdar a few days ago at the Cricket Club of India.
Muzumdar, who played for Andhra last season, did all that he could to earn the India cap, but it always eluded him. Ever since he burst on to the first-class circuit with a world record 260 in his debut against Haryana in a Ranji Trophy match at Faridabad in 1993-94, Muzumdar did not look back.
He was rewarded with a place in the India 'A' team in 1994-95 alongside Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, who went on to captain India.
In 2012, Muzumdar, playing for Assam, reclaimed the Ranji Trophy's highest run-scorer from former Mumbai teammate Wasim Jaffer before the India Test opener again broke it.
Despite averaging 48.13 and scoring over 11,000 first-class runs, Muzumdar would still be wondering what stopped national selectors from giving him an opportunity to play for India.