The MCA was jolted recently by the simultaneous resignations of four former cricketers — Balvinder Singh Sandhu, Ghavri, Nilesh Kulkarni (all from CIC) and Milind Rege (from the senior selection panel).
In an interview to MiD DAY (October 10), Ghavri claimed that some MCA committee members had treated ex-cricketers like ‘dustbins’. Reacting to this, Savant said: “In that particular CIC meeting (October 6), Karsan Ghavri was not present. So, somebody must have instigated him (to step down). He is also a managing committee member, so if he feels that he has been treated like that, then he should have resigned as a committee member as well. Ghavri is a gentleman. He said that he was misguided.”
Savant then hit out at former Mumbai captain Rege, who stepped down from the senior selection panel. Though he didn't mention Rege’s name, Savant said: “The fourth cricketer (Rege), who quit from the selection panel, had no real reason to do so. He said yes (when Abey Kuruvilla was appointed as chief selector) and then suddenly resigned,” he said.
Savant further hinted at changing the structure of CIC. “The CIC was formed by Sharad Pawar (in 2000), but its main purpose was not being served. For example, the rules of the game have to be reviewed from time to time. Improvement of the game is the main purpose of the CIC, but that was not being followed. In the next managing committee meeting I will propose that the CIC be converted into a technical committee where no names are discussed. It will only be about how to make our tournaments better,” he signed off.