Shake-Up Inside India's Cricket Improvement Committee
Two former India cricketers, Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Nilesh Kulkarni, resigned from the Mumbai Cricket Association's Cricket Improvement Committee, while ex-Mumbai cricketer Milind Rege resigned as selector, according to the TNN. There was speculation that former India bowler Karsan Ghavri also resigned from the CIC, but it "could not be confirmed." Internal squabbling "is believed to be the reason behind Sandhu and Kulkarni's resignation." Sources familiar with the situation said, "Whatever is happening is mostly a result of MCA's own politics and vote bank. Who votes for whom, where the loyalty factor lies, determines most things in MCA these days" (TNN, 10/9).
DON'T CALL IT A CRISIS: PTI reported that MCA President Ravi Savant said that the resignations of Sandhu and Kulkarni "does not constitute a crisis." Savant: "There was some debate during the last CIC meeting (to decide on the resignation of former India captain Nari Contractor on personal grounds) after which Sandhu and Nilesh have sent in their resignations. We will put these two resignations before MCA's managing committee. I don’t call it a crisis.” Savant said that there was "a misconception" that CIC can appoint coaches and selectors, which was the duty of the MCA’s managing committee. Savant said, “CIC is there for suggesting improvement and development of the game. There is a perceived misconception that it can appoint selectors and coaches. It can recommend names but it’s the elected members of the managing committee who make these appointments" (PTI, 10/9).