Former captain Sudhir Naik on Saturday became the second Mumbai chief selector to step down in less than eight months. While Sandeep Patil, the current national chairman of selectors quit as Mumbai chairman in April because he could not find enough time to attend to Mumbai’s selectorial needs, Naik decided to relinquish his post since he has been given the responsibility of turf consultant for the Wankhede Stadium and Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana (Kandivli).
Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) Joint Honorary Secretary Dr PV Shetty told SUNDAY MiD DAY: “Mr Sudhir Naik has decided to step down as chairman of the senior selection committee. He has been appointed as consultant for Wankhede and Kandivli grounds. So, due to lack of time, he has stepped down.”
Naik, who has been Wankhede’s curator for several years now, stepped down precisely one week after Tendulkar’s farewell Test at the 39-year-old ground.
Erstwhile Mumbai left-arm spinner Ravi Thakkar, who was the U-16 selection committee chairman, has been included in the senior panel, it is learnt. It has not been decided who will officially head the committee, but Paras Mhambrey may get the chief selector post. The Mumbai and India pacer was appointed as selector earlier this year.
Pandit also resigns
Meanwhile, junior selection committee chairman Chandrakant Pandit has resigned as well. “I have joined Kerala Cricket Association as Director of Coaching earlier this month. I resigned immediately after getting a confirmation from KCA,” Pandit told SUNDAY MiD DAY. Sanjeev Jadhav has been included in the junior panel, it is learnt.
Painting for Tendulkar
Meanwhile, MCA is set to felicitate Tendulkar at their BKC ground on December 3. “We will present him a painting (by a Kerala artist). All affiliated club members and former Mumbai players have been invited for the function,” said an official.