Ad-hoc committee meets Vengsarkar amidst uncertainty

According to an MCA insider, Vengsarkar "sought clarity and the way forward" following the events that have unfolded during the week.

Dilip Vengsarkar had discussed the possible names of the selectors for various age-groups and Ranji Trophy for 2019-20 on May 8.   -  FILE PHOTO/ THULASI KAKKAT

 

A hurried announcement of various selection panels has led to a flurry of controversies within the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) ranks. As a result, to discuss the way out, an ad-hoc committee of the MCA met with Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) chairman Dilip Vengsarkar on Friday.

According to an MCA insider, Vengsarkar "sought clarity and the way forward" following the events that have unfolded during the week. However, the ad-hoc committee in itself is in a fix of sorts on how to rectify the faux pas over selectors' announcement.

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A day later the CIC chaired by Vengsarkar had discussed the possible names of the selectors for various age-groups and Ranji Trophy for 2019-20 on May 8, the MCA issued a press release appointing the selectors.

Flummoxed by the announcement, Raju Kulkarni resigned from CIC, claiming that the committee hadn't finalised the list. Moreover, it came to light that multiple selectors announced over the weekend doesn’t fulfill the criteria of having played First Class cricket.

However, with the CIC being reduced to two members — Vengsarkar and Kiran Mokashi who is also upset over the selectors' goof-up — it cannot reconstitute the selection committees. Add to that the fact that a complaint has been filed to BCCI Ethics Officer over Vengsarkar's eligibility to be a CIC member and the MCA seems to be stuck in a no man's land.

The ad-hoc committee is understood to have appointed since it has requested amicus curiae to the Supreme Court, P.S. Narsimha, to exclude cricketers from being sub- or special committees even after exhausting the nine-year tenure cap for being a counsellor.

A member of the ad-hoc committee sounded optimistic that it will "find a solution in a couple of days".