The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has sacked coach Sulakshan Kulkarni and the selection committee following the side’s loss to Maharashtra in the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy. The decision was taken at the MCA’s technical committee meeting held on Thursday. The selection committee comprises Deepak Jadhav, Ravi Thakkar, Paras Mhambrey and Rajesh Sutar. Following the technical committee meeting, MCA vice-president Ravi Savant said that the decision to make changes was unanimous and that the same would be recommended to the managing committee, which is scheduled to meet on January 24.
Lalchand Rajput, who was coach of the Indian team that won the inaugural World T20, is likely to take over as coach.
It is learnt that former Mumbai captain Milind Rege is likely to be new chairman of selection committee. MCA will also introduce criteria for appointment of new selectors. A selector should be former India player or should have played a minimum 25 games for Mumbai.
“Since the Ranji season is over, the committee unanimously decided to recommend to the managing committee the name of Lalchand Rajput as the coach of Mumbai’s One Day and T20 teams,” Savant said. “Further, the technical committee decided to recommend the appointment of a new selection committee.”
When contacted Kulkarni said that he was yet to hear of anything from the MCA about his sacking. “As per my knowledge I have a contract till March 2014. My final tournament according to the contract is the BCCI’s T20 tournament. I don’t want be comment further,” Kulkarni said. The MCA will seek permission from the BCCI to allow Rajput to take over as coach. The former batsman is currently employed at BCCI’s academy in Mumbai as batting consultant and is also the India A coach. “I have informed the MCA that as I am employed with the BCCI, I can coach another side only if the BCCI gives me permission,” Rajput said.