Dilip Vengsarkar takes charge as CIC chief

Dilip Vengsarkar has served as the chairman of the high-profile Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) in multiple stints earlier.

Dilip Vengsarkar says the Cricket Improvement Committee "has three months to prepare" in the off season.   -  Thulasi Kakkat

Dilip Vengsarkar, the former India captain, returned to an active role in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) as the chairman of the high-profile Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC).

Following a disappointing domestic season across categories, virtually all the junior and senior selectors had resigned last month. It was followed by all the members of the CIC also having quit last month. However, the MCA ad-hoc committee in the last few weeks has managed to rope in Vengsarkar and also retain Raju Kulkarni and Kiran Mokashi, who were the last members of the previous CIC to resign.

Vengsarkar spelt out the priorities for the CIC. “We will finalise all appointments of coaches and selectors in this month, so that we have close to three months to prepare in the off season. We will prepare according to the BCCI calendar,” he told reporters after the meeting.

However, Vengsarkar’s re-appointment as the CIC chairman may raise objections from a set of MCA members since it could be construed as a violation of the Supreme Court-directed administrative reforms. Having served as the CIC chief in multiple stints earlier and being an MCA vice-president for ten years, the veteran of 116 Tests had stepped down as the vice-president in January 2017.

A set of MCA members believe that according to the new rulebook, Vengsarkar cannot be a part of any committee. The MCA ad-hoc committee members remained tightlipped about it.

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