With pressure mounting to have conflict-of-interest-free cricket administration, the Mumbai Cricket Association at their Managing Committee meeting decided to ask coaches, selectors and Managing Committee members to declare if there are any conflict of interests in their respective roles.
The MCA also set May 23 as the date for receiving these undertakings. Thereafter, the association will forward them to the BCCI which is made to eradicate any conflict of interest cases. In a report on January 15, mid-day had highlighted various instances of several age-group coaches and selectors being involved with school coaching or club teams.
Apparently, MCA's former Managing Committee member Nadeem Memon's letter to the BCCI's ombudsman to look into the alleged conflict of interest of MCA's vice-president Dilip Vengsarkar and current committee member Pravin Amre was also brought up in the Managing Committee meeting yesterday. Vengsarkar, a former India captain, is the chairman of the National Cricket Academy and runs a cricket academy for junior cricketers, while former India batsman Amre is a paid coach for Delhi Daredevils.
Ban on two Khandala CC players lifted
Meanwhile, the MCA's Managing Committee yesterday decided to lift the two-year ban imposed on two Khandala Cricket Club players last year for being registered under Raigad district.
In another development, former India Test cricketer and Wankhede curator, Sudhir Naik has written to the MCA not to renew his contract as Wankhede Stadium pitch consultant due to domestic problems. Naik's contract ends on May 31.
The Managing Committee has also granted permission to construct two borewells at the Wankhede Stadium to avoid water scarcity in future. The MCA will now approach the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for permission.