The Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) Cricket Improvement Committee was jolted by the resignations of former India cricketers Balvinder Singh Sandhu, Karsan Ghavri and Nilesh Kulkarni.
MCA joint honorary secretary Dr PV Shetty confirmed the resignations of Sandhu and Kulkarni. However, Ghavri is yet to officially inform MCA officials of his decision to quit. It is learnt that the trio were not happy with the last CIC meeting on Saturday and so decided to resign. Senior selector Milind Rege decided to quit too. Sandhu, the 1983 World Cup-winner, said he stepped down as he felt the purpose of the CIC was not being served. “I believe in creating a system that will help develop the game. The purpose was to have a transparent system in place. We need to take some tough decisions. The purpose of setting up the CIC was not served, so there was no point being on the committee.
Kulkarni said in a statement: “I have resigned as a member of the MCA’s Cricket Improvement Committee on moral grounds. My objective in my short stint was to do my best for Mumbai cricket with utmost honesty but discovered a different kind of atmosphere. I wish Mumbai cricket the very best.”
Hoping for improvement
“I was contemplating (stepping down) for some time, but was hoping things would improve. It didn’t happen and that’s why I resigned,” Sandhu told MiD DAY yesterday.
Recently, former India skipper Nari Contractor stepped down as the CIC chief in order to attend to his ill wife.
Former MCA president Sharad Pawar first set up the CIC in 2000. All cricket related decision are to be decided by experts at CIC. However, since Ravi Savant was elected as the new president of the MCA following the demise of Vilasrao Deshmukh in August, the body has witnessed some turbulent times.
Savant pipped Prof Ratnakar Shetty for the president’s post. In the aftermath, Prof Shetty decided to resign from the vice-president’s post. He later changed his mind, but it is learnt that it was too late by then, as the managing committee had already accepted his verbal resignation.
The MCA is already batting on a sticky wicket with important issues like the income-tax liability and 405 unsold World Cup final tickets yet to be resolved. And the recent resignations have only added to their baggage of woes.