If the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) were to adopt a tagline, then ‘Zara Hatke’ (out of the ordinary) wouldn’t be a bad choice.
Sample this: on June 19, the all-powerful managing committee ‘appoints’ coaches, trainers, analysts, physios et al for the 2013-14 domestic season. Appointment letters are handed out and everyone is asked to start work from July 1. Two months on, none of the appointees has neither signed a contract nor received payment for the month of July.
“The office-bearers haven’t had the time to prepare the contracts.
The MCA pays its employees on the 10th of every month. The coaches are yet to receive their July salaries,” a source in the know of developments said.
One member of the coaching staff pointed out that the MCA is a “one-man army”. “The president (Ravi Savant) is the only one working. The poor man has been reduced to a workhorse. A reputed chartered accountant, he is burdened with personal work too. And he also happens to be the BCCI treasurer. All the other office-bearers are still in holiday mode. One of them just returned from the US after a 45-day break. But we are hopeful the issue will be sorted out soon,” the coach said on condition of anonymity.
He was dead right. Minutes after dna contacted MCA joint-secretary PV Shetty for a confirmation, he ordered the coaches to report to the MCA headquarters on Wednesday. “We will receive our contracts tomorrow (Wednesday),” another age-group coach said.