Dilip Vengsarkar bashes MCA for sacking Chandrakant Pandit as CIC chief

Chandrakant Pandit was relieved from the post of CIC chief on Saturday which he has been holding for the last eight months Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: April 1, 2012

Dilip Vengsarkar slammed Mumbai Cricket Association for sacking Chandrakant Pandit as Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) chief, which he has been holding for the last eight months.

“We (MCA) have decided to relieve Mr Pandit from the CIC post as many felt his credibility was at stake. How can one do justice to both associations at the same time? We had given him time to consider this matter,” said Ravi Savant, MCA treasurer.

MCA members were unhappy with Pandit after joined Rajasthan Cricket Association as Director on a three-year contract.

Former vice-president Vengsarkar said the decision will hurt Mumbai’s cricket big time.

“Pandit has been one of the most efficient coaches and administrators of Mumbai cricket. He did a fantastic job as Director of the MCA indoor academy.

I was part of the CIC for 12 years, but I have never seen anyone calling for meetings every month (eight meetings in as many months). He knows Mumbai’s cricket inside out. The decision to sack Pandit will hurt our cricket big time,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying by MiD-DAY.

“It is not shocking at all. What can we expect from a President (Vilasrao Deshmukh), who has no clue about cricket or about Mumbai’s rich legacy. The President should have attended at least one CIC meeting to see how things function.”

“If they feel there is conflict of interest in Pandit’s case, then they should also look at Prof Ratnakar Shetty who is employed (Chief Administrative Officer) with the BCCI. It is sad that cricketers are targeted in such manners. MCA voters should think hard when they elect someone next time,” Vengsarkar concluded.

While MCA didn t take any action against Lalchand Rajput, chairman of sub-committee for MCA indoor academy, which is situated at Bandra Kurla Complex.

Rajput had earlier revealed that Rs 20 crores state-of-the-art academy was virtually shut as there was no support staff appointed by MCA in the last nine months.

“The Managing Committee has decided not to take any action against Lalchand Rajput, but asked the President (Vilasrao Deshmukh) to speak to him and ensure it doesn’t happen again,” said Ravi Savant, MCA treasurer.

MCA is waiting for vice-president Vijay Patil to make a decision whether they need to appoint support staff at the academy.