MCA sorts out issues surrounding indoor academy director Kasliwal

Aug 10, 2013, 04:01 IST | Harit N Joshi

Pradeep Kasliwal, director of Mumbai Cricket Association's indoor academy at Bandra Kurla Complex, was yesterday given a stern warning after complaints from age group coaches and Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach Sulakshan Kulkarni regarding his conduct.

MCA’s top brass met at the BKC yesterday to take the feedback from coaches. On that basis, Kasliwal, a former Mumbai Ranji Trophy pacer and selector, was asked to change his attitude. Kasliwal’s issue was also brought up in the managing committee meeting recently.

Pradeep Kasliwal
Pradeep Kasliwal

An official said: “Coaches and players were not happy with the way Kasliwal put across his points of view. He has been asked to change his attitude and not behave in an authoritarian manner. It was also important to define his role which we have done now.”

MCA officials reportedly took offence to Kasliwal’s dictatorial style of functioning. He allegedly made an India women’s cricketer wait for nearly three hours at the academy in spite of the player getting necessary permission from an MCA official to train there.

Kasliwal, it is learnt, introduced a system where slots were pre-booked for players to train at the academy so that schedules do not clash and there is better coordination between all age group players.

Kasliwal was appointed as indoor academy director in July last year after the facility was virtually shut for over a year. Kasliwal offered no comments to yesterday’s happenings.

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