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Karsan Ghavri: Why leave out the Mumbai players?

Ghavri slams MCA's decision to detach cricketers who are also part of the Managing Committee from the Cricket Improvement Committee

Former India pacer Karsan Ghavri slammed the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) decision to do away with cricketers, who are also part of the Managing Committee from the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC).

Karsan Ghavri
Karsan Ghavri 

The MCA in its urgent Managing Committee meeting yesterday decided to detach cricketers Lalchand Rajput, Abey Kuruvilla and Sanjay Patil from the CIC which was constituted last week. Instead, the MCA decided to include office-bearers (MCA President, two Vice-Presidents, Joint Honorary Secretaries and Treasurer) in the CIC.

"The Managing Committee has decided not to include any Managing Committee members in the CIC. It was also decided to include (former India wicketkeeper) Chandrakant Pandit (who is currently coaching the Kerala cricket team) and (former India women's team captain) Diana Eduljee in the CIC. Office-bearers will also be part of the CIC now," Dr PV Shetty, MCA's Joint Honorary Secretary, told mid-day.

MCA President Sharad Pawar being shown a document by CEO CS Naik as Jt Secretary Dr PV Shetty (left), vice-president Ravi Savant and treasurer Vinod Deshpande (right)  look on yesterday. Pic/PTI
MCA President Sharad Pawar being shown a document by CEO CS Naik as Jt Secretary Dr PV Shetty (left), vice-president Ravi Savant and treasurer Vinod Deshpande (right) look on yesterday. Pic/PTI  

Other CIC members are Ajit Agarkar, Madhav Apte, Ajit Wadekar and Vinod Kambli. Incidentally, Pandit was asked to discontinue as CIC chairman in 2012 after he accepted a full-time offer to head Rajasthan Cricket Association's academy.

'Not a good idea'
Ghavri, a former CIC member, said: "It is not a good idea to remove cricketers from the CIC. Office-bearers can deal with other functioning of the MCA. Let cricketers look after cricketing matters."

Meanwhile, Ghavri was shocked when mid-day informed him about his inclusion in the indoor cricket academy committee at Bandra Kurla Complex. "Oh! really," was Ghavri's reaction on being informed. "I am not aware about this development. I will take it up because it is for the improvement of the game, but at least they (MCA) could have discussed this with me or called to inform me," he said.

The indoor academy committee will be headed by Lalchand Rajput. Other members in the committee are Sameer Dighe, Vinod Deshpande, Deepak Murkar and BKC ground in-charge Nadeem Memon.

Pawar undecided on contesting BCCI polls

Sharad Pawar has said that he is yet to take a call on whether to contest for the president's post in the forthcoming elections of the BCCI.

Pawar, who chaired yesterday's urgent MCA Managing Committee meeting, told reporters: "I haven't applied my mind yet. It will be a collective decision to contest (BCCI elections).

My health (injury to his leg after a fall in his house in New Delhi recently) is also an issue." However, sources close to Pawar said that the former ICC and BCCI chief is keen to contest.

"He is waiting for the support of few more state associations. He has been assured of 10 to 12 votes and requires another four to five votes to win the elections.

He will only contest if he is sure to win. Otherwise, he will not enter the race," said an MCA source.

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