The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Friday took strict action against the team which was involved in the umpire assault case in a Kanga League ‘G’ division match in October. The association, in its hearing, decided to ban five players of the Gallant Cricket Club and withdraw its financial assistance to the club for a year.
Umpire Chandrakant Mhatre had accused the players of Gallant CC of physically assaulting him during their match against New Amrit Cricket Club at the Oval Maidan. The following day, he registered a non-cognisable complaint at the Azad Maidan police station. He had lodged a complaint with the MCA.
The team management of Gallant CC had denied the allegations and accused the umpire for making dubious decisions in the game. “We did not beat him up; the crowd at the ground did. They did so because he was not doing his job properly,” an official of the club said. The official, though, did not comment on the ban. “We haven’t received any letter from the MCA. We will decide whether or not to appeal once we get the letter,” he said.
The MCA hopes this ban will serve as a deterrent. “We have decided to ban five players of the club and also the financial assistance that it gets from the MCA. We took strict action because we do not want a repeat of this kind of behaviour from our players. It’s a message to all the clubs out there,” said MCA joint secretary PV Shetty.
In another case of verbal abuse of umpires in a Kanga League match between Marwari Cricket Club and Wellington CC, the MCA banned Jagdish Shetty (Wellington CC) and a certain Jaffer (Marwari CC) for three months. Interestingly, the Wellington Club is headed by Shiv Sena cub Aditya Thackeray.