A number of days after the 2 sacked members of Mumbai Cricket Affiliation’s Cricket Enchancment Committee (CIC) – Lalchand Rajput and Raju Kulkarni – claimed to the MCA ombudsman that selectors have been able to testify of their favour, the chairman of choice committee Salil Ankola has distanced himself from them.
Rajput had alleged that the secretaries interfered in CIC issues and included gamers within the ultimate eleven with out the selectors’ approval.
Ankola – a former India pacer – mentioned neither Rajput nor Kulkarni has spoken to him on this concern and that he has not agreed to testify in entrance of Ombudsman Justice Vijaya Tahiliramani.
“That is to tell concerning the latest sequence of allegations made by the Cricket Enchancment Committee on ‘interference of secretaries within the choice course of’. There have been latest media stories on Mr Lalchand Rajput and Mr Raju Kulkarni stating that ‘selectors’ are prepared to testify for the interference to the MCA Ombudsman,” Ankola mentioned in an announcement.
“I, as a md of the choice committee for Mumbai Cricket Affiliation, wish to place it on report that I’ve by no means spoken to Rajput on the above concern. Neither I’ve given any consent to testify in entrance of anybody. As a md of the choice committee, I’ve been clear and at all times saved Mumbai’s curiosity above the rest.”
Ankola’s assertion comes after Rajput and Kulkarni submitted a petition to the MCA Ombudsman, contesting their elimination from the CIC.
Rajput had written that the CIC dissolution will not be the suitable of the Apex Council/office-bearers, and the ombudsman ought to go an interim order to reinstate the dissolved CIC. He additionally needed the brand new appointments to be declared invalid.
“Selectors are prepared to testify for the interference: e.g. inclusion of two gamers in 20 chosen by senior staff selectors for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 (SMAT) after BCCI allowed 22 gamers attributable to Covid, as an alternative of 20. The identical 2 gamers have been included within the taking part in 11 within the SMAT in some matches. Additionally, a left-arm bowler who was not within the unique 20, who was a quantity 11 batsman, was made to open the innings within the SMAT,” the petition reads.