Mumbai Cricket Association to hold emergent Apex Council meet next week | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Mumbai’s disastrous show in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, which saw them lose four games out of five to finish sixth and last in Elite Group B in Thiruvananthapuram and crash out of the league stage of the tournament in embarrassing fashion, has prompted the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to hold an emergent meeting of the Apex Council on December 21.
“As advised by the hon’ble president (Vijay Patil), an Emergent Meeting of the Apex Council will be held on Tuesday, 21st December 2021 at 3.00 pm at the office of the association followed by a joint meeting with the Cricket Improvement Committee, selection committees and coaches of the various Mumbai teams. You are requested to attend the same. AGENDA: To discuss the cricketing matters,” reads the notice (a copy is with TOI) for the meeting, sent out to the Apex Council members on Thursday.
The Vijay Hazare Trophy debacle completed a forgettable season for Mumbai in the white-ball forma. The team had also exited at the group stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
The notice for the meeting follows a request to this effect by MCA treasurer Jagdish Achrekar to Patil, in the light of Mumbai’s poor show in various age-group tournaments (men and women) this season.
In another email, Achrekar has requested for the appointment of a renowned cricketer as a mentor to “boost the morale of the Mumbai senior men’s team.”
“I request you to give a thought to appoint a mentor to boost the morale of our senior men’s team. I may suggest that we have renowned players like Dilip Vengsarkar, Balwinder Sandhu, Milind Rege & Raju Kulkarni who may come forward to help Mumbai cricket in this period of crisis. There cannot be two opinions on the sincerity of the above- mentioned names as their love for Mumbai cricket is beyond doubt and their credentials are well known. Sir, we will have to act at the earliest,” Achrekar has written.
The early exit from Vijay Hazare Trophy — a tournament which they won almost exactly eight months back (on March 15) also puts immense pressure on domestic stalwart Amol Muzumdar, who was appointed as the Mumbai coach before the season but has now seen the team fail to make the knockouts in both the white-ball tournaments under his charge.
Mumbai and Muzumdar would now hope for a much improved show in the Ranji Trophy in January to prevent the season from ending in complete shambles.
Mumbai also crashed out of BCCI’s under-25 (lost in the quarterfinal) and under-19 (Vinoo Mankad Trophy, out in the league stage) tournaments. In the BCCI’s women’s domestic tournaments, they exited at the group stage of senior nationals and under-19.

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