Mumbai Cricket Association to scrap CIC?

A day after the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) was rocked by three of its foremost Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) members tendering their resignations, the future of the committee itself looks to be in serious doubt. Sportsline has learned that the MCA is planning to take some definitive steps in the lead up to the upcoming cricket season, one of which could be scrapping the CIC.

Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Nilesh Kulkarni and Karsan Ghavri, all former Test cricketers, had put in their papers on Monday after tempers flared up in the previous meeting of the CIC and during which Deepak Patil is believed to have used foul language against the trio.

The MCA's managing committee is scheduled to meet on October 13 and the death knell for the CIC is very likely to be sounded then. Many managing committee members have also begun to feel that the CIC hasn't fulfilled its purpose.

"Many people feel that cricketers and members of the CIC try to help their friends get a post. There is also a great possibility of there being bias when it comes to selection of coaches and support staff. And we don't want this to happen. As most of the decisions for the coming year have already been taken by the CIC, we feel it's better that we scrap the committee but the final word will be taken by the managing committee members," a top MCA official said on condition of anonymity.

The CIC was introduced in 2001 by then MCA president Sharad Pawar mainly to give powers to former cricketers in a committee, which would be in-charge of appointing coaches and other related cricketing matters. But with things having gone haywire in the committee's previous meeting, the MCA is keen on pulling the plug.

Meanwhile, it's also likely that Patil will face some kind of action from the MCA managing committee following the October 5 fiasco. And, Vilas Godbole, who has been the coach of the Mumbai under-22 team for the past three seasons, will continue in his role.

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