Mumbai`s early exit in Ranji stirs up MCA corridors

Mumbai: Over the last few years Mumbai, without any mega star in their ranks, have punched way above their weight in the Ranji Trophy and even won the title for the 39th time in 2009-10 but their exit this season in the quarterfinals has stirred the hornet`s nest.

Mumbai Cricket Association`s managing committee, chaired by former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar, met last evening for over four hours in which the omissions and commissions of the team, especially the selection of players, came under the scanner, a top MCA source said today.

"Questions were asked why two players who have been reported for chucking to the Cricket Board by the umpires are part of the team even as reserves. Questions were also raised about why they opted to bat on a greenish wicket at Jaipur (against Rajasthan) after winning the toss," the source said.

Mumbai were bundled out for 252 by Rajasthan with pace bowler Pankaj Singh (6 for 64) finishing with impressive figures.

And then in reply to Mumbai modest total, the hosts scored a massive 589 to advance to the semifinals on the basis of the first innings lead even as the match ended in a draw.

"A meeting of the Cricket Improvement Committee (headed by Sunil Gavaskar) has been called on January 3 and the managing committee will meet again on January 4," the source said.

Asked whether there will be wholesale changes in the selection panel and team management, the source said that it "should happen, but in this country....".

The selection panel is headed by former Mumbai left arm spinner Padmakar Shivalkarm, while Wasim Jaffer is the captain and Pravin Amre is the coach.


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