MCA to name Wankhede Stadium lounge after Ajit Wadekar | Cricket News

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in its Apex Council meeting on Thursday decided to name its Lounge, situated in the premises of the Wankhede Stadium, after former India skipper Ajit Wadekar. Wadekar, who expired in 2018, famously led India to maiden Test series wins in West Indies and England in 1971.
The MCA has also decided to name the President’s box at the Wankhede Stadium after its former president and two-time former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. “Our Apex Council took these decisions to rename the lounge after Wadekar and President’s Box after Deshmukh unanimously. These decisions will now be ratified at the MCA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM),” MCA secretary Sanjay Naik told TOI.
“Ideally we wanted to name a stand in the Wankhede Stadium after Wadekar sir, but all the stands are already named after some Mumbai great or the other,” said a source in the MCA.
The Apex Council also discussed at length Mumbai’s dismal performance in the Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, where the team crashed out in the league stage after losing four games on the trot. To make it worse, coach Amit Pagnis quit after the tournament.
“The Apex Council has authorised the office-bearers to take a call on the continuation of the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) and on appointing the new coach. The current CIC‘s term has ended. We will appoint a new coach in two days’ time,” Naik said. Following chief selector Salil Ankola‘s letter to the MCA urging it to allow him permission to pick the probables fast for the next BCCI tournament, the MCA has decided to conduct “practice for around 75 chosen probables at BKC,” said Naik.
The CIC is headed by former India opener Lalchand Rajput. The CIC was appointed by the MCA Apex Council after taking permission from the General Body. Its continuation didn’t come up for discussion in the MCA AGM recently.

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