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MPCA's cricket committee questions appointment of Chandrakant Pandit as coach

Says it was not consulted on the matter, four months after the decision

Vidarbha players hoist their head coach Chandrakant Pandit on their shoulders after historic Ranji triumph, January 1, 2018


The cricket committee of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) on Wednesday questioned the appointment of former India wicketkeeper Chandrakant Pandit as the head coach of the state team four months after the decision, saying it was not consulted on the matter.
Pandit was appointed as the head coach of MP team in March. The state association's cricket committee said it was its duty to finalise the appointment of a coach but the MPCA kept it in dark when Pandit was appointed.
"As per the MPCA Constitution, only MPCA Cricket Committee can finalise and appoint any MP team coaches," the cricket committee said in a statement, which is in possession of PTI.
"The MPCA Cricket Committee is not against any individual but this disagreement is due to encroachment/intrusion of office bearers in the role/responsibilities of the Cricket Committee and the lack of structure and process of conducting affairs."
The MPCA cricket committee members are Yogesh Golwalkar, Prashant Dwivedi and Murtaza Ali.
When contacted on the matter, MPCA secretary Sanjeev Rao said: "Pandit has been appointed as the head coach as per the Constitution. The Cricket Committee has been instrumental in every step and they have given their approval for the said appointment. This controversy is being created without any reason."
Rao said Pandit has signed a two-year contract with the MPCA.
Pandit has been one of the most successful domestic coaches in India.