I'll never come to Wankhede again: Karsan Ghavri

Published: 15 November, 2013 00:37 IST | Harit N Joshi |

Former India Test cricketer fumes at haphazard seating arrangements at the stadium

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has miffed former India Test cricketer Karsan Ghavri once again. Ghavri was annoyed with the seating arrangements at the Wankhede Stadium for former cricketers on the opening day of the second Test between India and the West Indies.

Karsan Ghavri
Karsan Ghavri

It can be recalled that Ghavri was left fuming at the inauguration of the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana in Kandivli on November 11 as well. So furious was Ghavri that he left half-an-hour before the lunch break and has vowed never to come back to the Wankhede again.

“It (the arrangements) was very disappointing. They put cricketers randomly in the Garware Pavilion. Some were in Tier III, some on Level One and some on Level Two. It was absolutely ridiculous. I will go to watch a match anywhere in India, but never come to the Wankhede again,” Ghavri said.

Ghavri felt all former cricketers should have been seated together. “The MCA should have allotted seats in one block. That way we could meet each other. But there was no scope here,” said Ghavri, a former managing committee member.

Ghavri, who also witnessed Tendulkar’s 199th Test at the Eden Gardens, said the MCA should learn from the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) about looking after former cricketers.

“Credit to CAB for looking well after former cricketers during the match. Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya was personally receiving all former cricketers. I think the MCA has to learn from them. Kolkata was a great experience,” the ex-India pacer said.

However, MCA’s joint secretary Nitin Dalal contested Ghavri’s claims insisting all cricketers were well looked after. “All cricketers were given seats in the Garware Pavilion Level II. They were the best seats,” said Dalal. 

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