Ghavri says players were treated like dustbins

Former India Test cricketer Karsan Ghavri lashed out at the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) after officially stepping down from its Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) yesterday. He will, however, continue as a managing committee member. Former India cricketers Balvinder Singh Sandhu and Nilesh Kulkarni were the others who stepped down from the CIC on Monday, while former Mumbai skipper Milind Rege quit as senior selector.

Ghavri, who rarely loses his temper told MiD DAY that his four-month stint in the CIC was nothing short of a nightmare. “They (MCA) treated us (ex-cricketers) like dustbins. Our suggestions and inputs were ignored. It was a one-sided affair most of the time,” said the former India pacer.

Ghavri made his Mumbai debut in 1973 after coming from Rajkot to pursue his cricketing dream. He went on to play 39 Tests and 19 ODIs claiming 109 and 15 wickets respectively. He was also coach of the Mumbai team that won the Ranji Trophy title in 1993-94 after an eight-year gap. He returned to coach Mumbai (2005-06) after former India stumper Chandrakant Pandit resigned.

Ghavri’s heart still beats for Mumbai cricket which he feels is languishing due to mismanagement.

“The current set of officials are only bothered about their voters and are not concerned about the game and its development. They are only here to please their voters. Mumbai has great potential, but the establishment has done nothing for talented players. There is no plan to nurture this talent,” said the 61-year-old fast bowling coach of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) academy.

Ghavri said the MCA should have appointed a new CIC chairman soon after former India skipper Nari Contractor quit citing his wife’s ill health. “I was appalled when the CIC meeting (on Saturday) took place without the appointment of a new chairman. The (MCA) president cannot always chair the meeting. A new chairman should have been appointed immediately.

“Whatever views were presented in the CIC, were never accepted as most of the decisions had already been made. So, it was just a waste of time to be in the (CIC) committee. That’s the reason I made up my mind not to be part of the current MCA set up anymore. I’ve had enough.” Ghavri concluded. ¬†

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