The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) have taken their first steps in implementing the Lodha committee reforms, as the committee of administrators’ Justice Hemant Gokhale and Justice VM Kanade asked Ajit Agarkar to choose between Chief of Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) and chairman of the senior selection committee.
This was done to implement the ‘one man, one post’ recommendation from the Lodha committee.
MCA’s CIC comprises former cricketers and office bearers of the MCA who deliberate on cricketing decisions like appointments of coaches, trainers, physio and selectors at various age groups. Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar has headed the two committees for the past one year.
MCA COA informed Agarkar that as per the Supreme Court order, he can’t chair two posts, before the commencement of CoA and CIC meeting. Sources in the MCA informed that Agarkar chose to continue as chairman of the selection committee and gave up the CIC’s post.
Now the CIC is left with two members in former India captain Ajit Wadekar and former Mumbai captain Amol Muzumdar. The COA has informed MCA joint secretary Dr. Unmesh Khanvilkar to add three more former cricketers’ name in the CIC who will appoint various coaches including the most crucial Ranji Trophy coach’s job after Sameer Dighe resigned from his post.
Many former cricketers have refused to be part of CIC, the reason being a conflict of interest, as many former Mumbai and India players have academies running in the city. MCA COA wants Wadekar to be chairman of CIC, despite the fact that the former legend has not attended a single meeting till date in the last one year.
The MCA after direction from COA and CIC will invite applications for Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy coach.
(with inputs from indianexpress.com)