Monday, April 19, 2010

RAINING SIXES

Panhala Panthers’ Rohit Kakade, who belted five sixes in an over of Rohan Matale, is disappointed at not making it six out of six


Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, May 11, 2009

Sir Garfield Sobers and Ravi Shastri are very well known for their feat of hitting six sixes in an over. But the feeling of disappointment at missing that feat by a whisker will be there for any cricketer. And Panhala Panthers’ opening batsman Rohit Kakade, who narrowly missed out, banging five sixes in an over of Sinhagad Supremos medium-pacer Roham Matwale is undergoing the same feeling.
It was the third over of the innings and Kakade took on Matale in a big way. But the sense of remorse at not being able to hit six sixes was very much there for the left-handed batsman, who won the Man-of-the Match award. “It was a great opportunity to get six sixes in an over. But I missed it narrowly. I’m tad disappointed about that,” says the 22-year-old former State Ranji ODI player.
Ask him about how that over turned out, Kakade who plays for JMJ in the MCA Open Invitational League, was ready with the details. “I started the over with a six over square-leg. The second ball was a dot ball as I beaten by a good delivery from Matale. I stepped out to the third ball and hoicked him over long-on which panned out to be a ‘free hit’ as the bowlers overstepped. I smacked the fourth ball over deep mid-wicket while the fifth one sailed over extra
cover region. I got another six through deep square-leg off the sixth ball before I played a dot ball off the seventh (last ball) from Matale towards point,” he gushes.
So, the seventh and final ball proved to be the dampener? “He disguised his pace and bowled a slower one and I was only able to nudge it towards point.”
More than just raining sixes, Kakade’s blitzkrieg at the top of the order along with Vipul Jerurkar gave his side the perfect platform, raising his Panthers’ hundred in just eight overs and enabled him to score the fastest ball of the tourney (he got his fifty off 17 balls), which knocked the stuffing out of the Supremos. “Chasing over two hundred is always going to be tough and even for a good side like Supremos they felt the pressure and caved in,” Kakade signed off.


TAD LATE

CHETAN SURYAVANSHI, WHOSE VINTAGE INNINGS OF 82 FROM 36 BALLS THAT SNAPPED DEVGIRI EMPERORS' FIVE-MATCH LOSING STREAK, ADMITS THAT HIS BLITZKRIEG SHOULD HAVE COME MUCH EARLIER IN THE TOURNAMENT


Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, May 10, 2009
Devgiri Emperors have copped a lot of flak for the way they have performed in the Maharashtra Premier League. Five successive defeats behind them, the Emperors were fast acquiring the tage of being the ‘whipping boys’ of the tournament. But on Saturday at PYC, when all pointed to a sixth straight loss when their opponents Sinhagad Supremos posted the highest score of the tourney — 188 for 7 — Devgiri Emperors rose like a proverbial phoenix from the ashes as they rode on the fireworks of skipper Chetan Suryavanshi to dished out a brilliant run chase and in the process pull off their first win of the MPL.
Suryavanshi, who struggled to fire in the five matches, tore the Supremos
bowling attack to shreds, clubbing a magnificent 82 off just 36 balls, packed with eight fours and six sixes to propel Emperors to a six-wicket win. Clearly, the innings came as a relief for the Emperors skipper considering all the criticism the Suryavanshi and his team have to put up with their winless ways. “If you are not going to deliver, criticism will be there, so we endured the same,” said Suryavanshi.
The 24-year-old right-hander feels his knock should have comer earlier in the tournament. “I wish this knock came in our first or second game but I can’t do anything about it. Our team management is happy with the way we played but we all feel it came late,” he admits.
So what really went wary in the first five games? “I think we took time to jell as a unit as most of us never
played together or against each other. If you look at the other teams, you would find that Royals have a lot of guys who played for Cadence, then you have the Supremos who have a lot of guys from Raigad turning out for them and then you have the Panthers who have quite a few guys playing for Ambitious. It’s not an excuse for our poor show but we were at a disadvantage and took our time to play as a team,” he explained.
Suryavanshi’s blitzkrieg completely overshadowed the sizzling 87 scored by Supremos’ Amit Patil. “Amit played brilliantly first up but we played a spoiler today,” he grins.


BIG RELIEF

Relinquishing captaincy and opening the innings does the trick for Sindhudurg Sailors' hitman Kedar Jadhav


Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, May 9, 2009

Relinquishing captaincy and opening the innings does the trick for Sindhudurg Sailors' hitman Kedar Jadhav, as he seems to overcome the bad patch with two useful knocks against Panhala Panthers and Devgiri Emperors which also helped his to post two consecutive win after they suffered three straight defeats.
PROVING HIS WORTH
The most costliest player of the Maharashtra Premier League – Kedar Jadhav looked out-of-sorts in the first three games. Incidentally, his dry run with the bat (scores of 12, 13 and 26) also coincided with his side – Sindhudurg Sailors suffering three defeats on the trot.
In fact, Kedar’s batting form became such a concern he was beginning to feel that the rigours of captaincy was taking its toll on his batting. It was learnt that the right-hander asked the team management to be relieved from captaincy so that he can concentrate on his batting.
“Kedar and the team management amicably tossed on the issue and decided that it would be in the best interests of the team to allow Kedar concentrate on his batting. We asked Kedar whether the pressures of
captaincy was affecting his batting. We didn’t take a call, rather we left it to Kedar to decide and accordingly he was relieved and Ajinkya Joshi took over,” said Reuben Dahad, managing director of Dahad Group — owners of Sindhudurg Sailors.
LOOK LIKE A MASTERSTROKE
Doesn’t the move look like a masterstroke at least for now, given that Sailors tasted two wins and Kedar opened the innings instead of playing in the middle-order and firing? “I hope it remains that way,”
Reuben exudes hope. “He has played two useful knocks for us. He’s a key player in our scheme of things.”
Kedar, on his part, said relinquishing captaincy definitely helped him focus on his batting. “To be honest, I felt that the pressure of captaincy was bogging me down.
“Now that I’m free from captaincy duties has helped me concentrate better on my batting. I want to keep this way as our team needs to win all our next four games and make it to the semis,” he added.


Relishing It

Pratapgad Warriors’ Amit Kadam is not at all missing his regular wicket-keeping tasks as he let his bat talk, scoring a responsible unbeaten 36 to steer his side to a third straight win

Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, May 7, 2009

Amit Kadam is a regular wicketkeeper for JMJ in the MCA Open Invitational League. But he is not required to don the big gloves behind the stumps for Pratapgad Warriors because his side has at their disposal a more experienced hand in the form of Satyajit Satbhai, who is also the captain of the side.
FREE FROM REGULAR DUTIES
Free from his wicket-keeping duties, the 25-year-old Kadam let his bat do the talking, racking up an unbeaten 36 to shepherd his side home against Panhala Panthers with plenty to spare. “I regularly do keeping for JMJ in the MCA Open Invitational League but in the MPL I’m not standing behind the stumps simply because we have in Satyajit Satbhai one of the experienced keepers around. If you ask me, I can tell me you one thing — he is the best gloveman in Pune,” Kadam was profuse in his praise for his captain. So, what about his wicket-keeping skills taking a knock because of his non-keeping ways in the MPL. “I keep practicing it, so there’s no need to worry about that. I’m also learning by watching Satbhai go about his task behind the stumps,” said Kadam who won the Man-of-the-Match award for his batting effort. Believe it or not, Pratapgad War
riors has as many as four regular wicketkeepers in their 14-man squad. Apart from Satbhai and Kadam, the other two are Avdhut Dandekar and Shailesh Bhosale. “It’s an interesting feeling to realise that we have four wicketkeepers in our side, all of whom can chip in with the bat. Avdhut (Dandekar) is well known to me as he is my JMJ team-mate,” he says.


NO LUNCH PLEASE

That's how JN Petit cricket coach Vijay Dalvi prefers it when his team is playing a match, and only has it if his team emerges triumphant

Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, April 29, 2009

Coaches have different ways of getting the best out of a team. And for JN Petit Technical School cricket coach Vijay Dalvi, the responsibility of spurring his team to winning ways consistently has made him do one thing that most other coaches won’t do. Wonder what? Dalvi prefers not to have his lunch during the time when JN Petit are playing a match.
Hear it from the man in question. “I never have my lunch when my team is battling it out in the middle. It doesn’t matter which age group tournament we are playing. It’s not that I’m superstitious about anything. I only sip water, I take my lunch only when the match is finished and my team has won the match,” reveals Dalvi.
Dalvi’s team is on the cusp of winning the Kohinoor Karandak Under-14 Inter-School Cricket final against SSPMS after garnering first innings lead at the ILS Law College ground.
So, does it effectively mean he goes without having his lunch when his team finishes on the losing side? “Yes, that’s the way it is. If my team is defeated, I prefer not to have my lunch,” says the former Maharashtra Ranji leftarm spinner. If you feel, it’s about a coach bragging about himself, think again. Even some of his players vouch for their coach’s unique way of not having his lunch. JN Petit captain Mohit Gautam only buttress what the man in the hot seat says. “Dalvi Sir never has his lunch during the time we are having a match.
He will have it only when our team won, suppose we lose on any given day, he will not have his lunch.”
Another key player of the JN Petit side, Kshijit Sanadi, who picked up a fine seven-wicket haul in SSPMS’s first innings, said much the same thing about his coach. “He’s very passionate about what he does. He wants us to do well all the time, he pushes us hard which is good for us.”
JN Petit vice captain Vicky Sethiya spices it up even more when he disclosed another interesting side of their coach. “If we happen to lose, he will never scold us on that day. It’s only when we have won a match, he will remind us of our wrongdoing we have committed in other matches and give us a dressing down.”


CAGING HOUSEHOLD

Father Vivek Mehta is a player-turned seasoned coach, his two sons — Arjun Mehta and Ajinkya Mehta have donned the state colours already

Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, April 26, 2009

Basketball is one sport that is synonymous with the Mehta household. Father Vivek Mehta has been a Deccan Gymkhana coach for the last two decades, someone, who represented Ferguson College and Pune University in his playing days with some distinction before ‘caging’ took a backseat as a player that is, after which he dabbled into plastic business.
His two sons — Arjun Mehta turned out for Maharashtra in the last Senior Nationals in Surat, while his younger brother — Ajinkya Mehta has donned the state colours in the last Junior Nationals in Bhilwara.
Actually, both sons have outstripped their father by going to
represent the State — something Vivek missed out after he choose to devote his time into plastic business. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I played for Ferguson College and Pune University. I couldn’t pursue it anymore as I had entrepreneurial interests to pursue,” explains Vivek Mehta.
So, did Vivek exert any ‘you must play basketball’ pressure on his two sons just because of his passion for the sport?
“Not at all. I left both my sons to decide on their own which sport to pursue. I’ve never tried to put pressure on my sons to take up basketball just because I’m hugely fond of the sport,” Vivek puts things in perspective.
Any extra satisfaction
that both his sons have gone to play for the State team — something he couldn’t? “I’ve every reason to be happy to see them progress through the ranks. How they are going to take it further depends on them. I’ve have always given my sons a free hand to decide whether they want to carry on with basketball or pursue higher studies,” he insists. Both his sons are students of BMCC. Eldest son, Arjun Mehta who represented Maharashtra in the Senior Nationals in Surat feels making the ‘big leap’ from being a state player to being a national player is a tough ask. “I’m happy to have played for my state in the last nationals. But I also understand that making it to the Indian team is a massive ask. I don’t think it’s a worthwhile exercise to think about as I feel that pursuing my studies would be the right way to go about things,” he said.
His younger brother, Ajinkya reckons he would like to enjoy playing basketball for the time being. “I’m going to enjoy playing basketball for now. I’m yet to reach that stage where I decide on pursue basketball professionally or studies.
“All I can say is that making to the national team could probably land me jobs where salaries are not very attractive but then the joy of playing for the country is something different, so it depends.”


NOTHING WRONG

Yogesh Takawale, city's first IPL player, may be branded a 'problem guy' in state cricket circles, but DY Patil coach and former India pacer Abey Kuruvilla feels his ward is a committed cricketer

Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, April 18, 2009
One year can be a long time in internatinal cricket. And one lad, Yogesh Takawale, have already plumbed the ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ of being a professional cricketer.
An impressive stint with the star-spangled Mumbai Indians side in the inaugural Indian Premier League last year (April), the youngster’s career graph, which looked set to be blossoming, came crashing down when he was not considered for the entire 20080-09 Ranji season for Maharashtra (November-December.
There was no end to talk circu-lating in cricket circles that Takawale had a big ‘attitude’ problem which ruffled the feathers of the State selectors which led to the axe being wielded on him. Actually, too much has been said about Takawale’s ‘absence’ from the Maharashtra team that he is now left with no choice but to come up with all guns blazing in the second edition of the IPL starting in South Africa on May 18 if he has to resusci-tate his cricketing career.
PROBLEM GUY
Ask former India medium-pacer and DY Patil coach Abey Kuruvilla, who has closely followed Takawale’s game as the latter plays for them. Is he really a ‘problem guy’? “I don’t think so. He’s
very committed crick-eter and a true match-winner. He can tonk any attack and has all the shots in his repertoire. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t see anything amiss with his atti-tude,” he observed.
STRAIGHT BAT
What’s his take on Takawale’s exclusion for the Maharashtra side for the en
tire 2008-09 Ranji season? “Well, all I would say that it’s extremely unfortunate that Takawale had to sit out the whole season on the sidelines,” was how he put it.
Does he feel that he has been treated shabbily by the MCA? “I don’t wish to comment on that,” he offers a straight bat as if he is countering a toecrushing yorker from a zippy bowler.
Remember; the inaugural IPL catapulted the likes of Swapnil Asnodkar, Manpreet Brar and Yusuf Pathan into the national limelight. Takawale can cer-tainly hope to see something like that happen to him in the 2nd IPL. “A lot of domestic players, who were unheard of, are much better-known after their exploits in the inaugural IPL. I had a pretty good time last season and hope to improve on that this season,” Takawale said days before leaving for South Africa.
BREATH OF FRESH
Who can forget how he took 25 of one Shaun Watson (Rajasthan Royals) over laced with four overs and a six. “I’ve good memories of that over. I clobbered every ball and eve-rytime the ball found the sweet spot of the bat, bahut accha laga (I felt very good),” he added. Lets hope that the second IPL gives the breath of fresh air to Takawale’s career — something he desperately needs.


GOING , GOING , GONE

Micky Aigner, Suhrid Barua and Salil Kulkarni give an entire picture of how the drama unfolded at the auction of inaugural Maharashtra Premier League


Not many would disagree that the bidding for the dashing Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav stoked maximum excitement at the auction of the inaugural Indian Premier League on Thursday. It was touch-and-go between Sindhudurg Sailors (Dahad Pattern) and Raigad Royals (Cadence, owned by Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke).
The might of Raigad Royals may have seemed insurmountable but Sindhudurg Sailors outbidded them, buying Kedar at Rs 160,000 — the highest bid for any player at
the auction.
For a while, Raigad Royals looked to offer a stiff challenge when they made a Rs 145,000 bid for Kedar before Sindhudurg Sailors outsmarted them bidding for Rs 150,000. Raigad Royals then made a strong Rs 155,000 bid before Sindhudurg Sailors won the bidding battle, purchasing Kedar at Rs 160,000 which
proved to be the killer blow for Raigad Royals.
Understandably, Reuben Dahad, managing director of Dahad Group - owners of Sindhudurg Sailors, was extremely chuffed with the successful bidding of Kedar, but made it clear that there was no pre-planned move to angle for Maharashtra’s top run-getter in the last Ranj season.
“Kedar is a fabulous batsman, he has got that bellicose streak which makes cut out for the T20 format which is all about the power hitting. But I would like to mention having
a Kedar was not a pre-planned ploy. I just went by instinct and go for him,”said Reuben, who played together with Kedar long back.
“I know him well. I have played for Maharashtra u-14 and u-16, I have played with Kedar in the Inter-District Tanpure Trophy at Sangli for Pune District way back in 2003. It's nice to have him with us, we know every money spent on him is well worth it," he recounts.
The Sindhudurg Sailors bigwig knew very well that buying Kedar won’t be a piece of cake. “He is one player every franchisee
would like to buy. So, as you saw, our bidding with Raigad Royals was exciting and we finally pipped them at the post,” Reuben wore a look of relief on his face.
What about the upping the bid if Raigad Royals had gone beyond Rs 160,000? “I can’t say for sure whether we would have persisted with our bidding
for Kedar if Raigad Royals had upped the bidding above Rs 160,000. It all happened in the moment, I just backed my instincts and went for Kedar, observed Reuben, who also played a spoiler to other fran-chisees’ plans by pulling off a successful bid for another talented State batsmen Ameya Shrikhande (Rs 105,000).
“We want somebody to give us a flying start and somebody to finish things off. I'm confident that both Kedar and Ameya would do the job for us,” he added.


Motivation Trick

Income Tax’ batsman Sangram Bagul reveals how a pep talk from a senior official proved handy as he clubbed a career-best unbeaten 179 against JMJ

Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, April 14, 2009
There are probably numerous instances of how pep talks of coaches, seniors have helped cricketers attain the desired result. Income Tax top-order batsman Sangram Bagul is one such beneficiary.
On eve of Income Tax’s Super League opener against JMJ at Poona Club, one man ensured Sangram’s motivation at its highest. “Income Tax assistant commissioner Sandeep Pradhan sir came to the ground before the start of the match, and spoke to me about the importance of getting a big knock. He said he would settle for nothing less than that,” revealed Sangram who lived up to his expectations, smashing a careerbest unbeaten 179 which enabled his side pull off a
win by virtue of first-innings lead.
What’s more, the 25-year-old presented a bouquet at the end of the day’s play. “Pradhad sir sent a bouquet through one person who gave it to our captain Ajinkya Joshi, as the gentleman didn’t know me personally. My captain gave me the bouquet saying Sandeep Pradhan sir had sent for me. It was a heady feeling to have received a bouquet from Pradhan sir as I missed three ties in the qualifying stage,” gushes Sangram, who belted twenty-four boundaries during his knock of 179 which surpassed his previous best of 150 not out against Nashik last season.
Sangram joined Income Tax in 2007 and this was his second year for his employers in the MCA Invita
tional League. Last season, he had a fabulous run for Income Tax, notching over 600 run at an average of 60.
The Kalyan-born boy, who is posted in Thane was in the 2007 Maharashtra Ranji squad. “I was part of the team led by Amol Mazumdar though I didn’t get to play. Last season, I had a consistent stint with Income Tax and I wrote to Maharashtra Cricket Association to consider my performances regarding playing for Maharashtra,” said Sangram, who also played for Air India from 2001-2007 on contract and is a big Steve Waugh fan.
“What I like about him is his mental toughness. I really admire the way how he used to bail his team out of crisis situations on such a consistent basis,” he added.

NUMBERS
HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME INTERESTING STATS AND TOP PERFORMERS
347
Highest total registered by Income Tax against JMJ
84
Lowest total registered by PYC against Kolhapur District Cricket Association
TOP THREE PERFORMERS BOWLING
5-51 (I innings) and 3/64 (II innings) - Mudassar Mulla (DY Patil) vs Ambitious
4/61 (I innings) and 4/52 (II innings) - Kiran Adhav (MCA Blue) vs Jalgaon District Cricket Association
5/24 (I innings) and 3/36 (II innings) - Kaustubh Patil (PYC) vs Kol-hapur District Cricket Association
BATTING
179*
Sangram Bagul (Income Yax) vs JMJ
94
Rohan Bhosale (MCA Blue) vs Jalgaon District Cricket Association
84
Vishant More (MCA Red) vs Club of Maharashtra Note:The statistics are of eight matches played last week * Indicates not out


Take That

Kedar Jadhav will now have to resign himself to the fate of playing for Bangalore Royal Challengers after latter refused to release him to play for Delhi Daredevils


Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, April 9, 2009

The Kedar Jadhav script is close to being crystal clear. After the ‘high’ of being offered a rookie contract by Bangalore Royal Challengers, the fate of the dashing Maharashtra top-order batsman hung in the balance as the ‘problem of plenty’ confronted him — the youngster landed a contract with the Delhi Daredevils’ main team which rocked his boat in more ways than once.
It was then that things started to unfold the way Kedar probably wouldn’t have ‘desired’. The Bangalore Royal Challengers refused to release Kedar so that he could play for Delhi Daredevils. Mind you, a rookie contract implies that Kedar would be part of the BRC team with ‘little’ chance of getting a look-in in the playing eleven.
To be fair to Kedar, any cricketer would have acted the way he has — opt for a main team contract rather than settle for a ‘rookie’ contract. It’s just that the ‘timing’ which has complicated matters.
To be fair to Kedar, any cricketer in his shoes would have acted the way he has — opt for a main team contract rather than settle for a rookie contract. It’s just that the timing which has complicated matters.
Interestingly, Kedar signed a ‘consent letter’ on the spot at Bangalore and also received a code of letter recently. “Kedar will be with Bangalore Royal Challengers this
season. His contract is arriving in a few days time,” a MCA official said.
Interestingly, Kedar has been named in the 13-man squad for the MCA Open Invitational Super League beginning on Saturday.
“Since Kedar has got a ‘rookie’ contract and is not in the BRC’s main squad of players, who have left for South Africa, it makes sense to include him for the Super League matches for Maharashtra Blue. Kedar has been told by Bangalore Royal Challengers to be in readiness along with other players who missed the South Africa bus, so that they could be in shipshape if summoned for the 2nd IPL,” the MCA official added.
Kedar, on his part, is looking at the brighter side of things. “I don’t want to comment on not being able to play for Delhi Daredevils. I’m just looking

ahead to enjoy my stint with B a n g a l o r e Royal Challengers.
“My job is to keep w o r k i n g hard and that’s what I’m going to do,” he said with a tenor of maturity.


PICKING THE RIGHT COACH

That could be a challenge for the eight franchisees of the Maharashtra Premier League beginning next month


Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, April 7, 20009

The role of a coach can never be undermined. And for all the eight franchisees of the upcoming Maharashtra Premier League, it could turn out be a ‘challenge’ to avoid the lurking apprehension of not getting the ‘best lot’. The man in the ‘hot seat’ is going to hold the key to strategising every frachisee’s fortunes, and it’s imperative that every franchisee does it homework well before plumbing for someone to do the job.
It also has to be respected that the cricketing acumen and knowhow of the franchisees may not be of the same level like, say that of Ajay Shirke, whose Cadence owns the Raigad Royals franchisee.
For instance, there’s a strong possibility that a franchisees or a franchisee holder could be in the dark about the credentials of a coach for
the simple reason that he could be from a non-cricketing background. Even though a franchisee is affronted with a slew of coaches’ profiles and their career highlights, there’s every likelihood that he could end up consulting various people to decide on the right coach.
MCA president Ajay Shirke says the state association would like to stand ‘neutral’ on the same. “We’ve shortlisted about twenty-five to thirty
coaches and consultants. We will be sending this list of coaches and consultants along with a brief bio-data of their credentials to all the franchisees. Similarily, all the aspiring coaches would be asked to get in touch with the franchisees if they want to be placed with them. As far as we are concerned, we would like to remain neutral.”
So, will the brief bio-data of the coaches’ credentials be enough to
mitigate the possibility of franchisees roping in the wrong man? “Every franchisee would like to pick the right man who can guide his team to get the desired results.
“You got to understand that we are taking measures to ensure the franchisees are not disadvantaged in this regard. They woud have a wider pool to choose from and I’m sure there won’t be any hassles on this count,” Shirke said.


PICKING THE RIGHT COACH

That could be a challenge for the eight franchisees of the Maharashtra Premier League beginning next month


Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, April 7, 20009

The role of a coach can never be undermined. And for all the eight franchisees of the upcoming Maharashtra Premier League, it could turn out be a ‘challenge’ to avoid the lurking apprehension of not getting the ‘best lot’. The man in the ‘hot seat’ is going to hold the key to strategising every frachisee’s fortunes, and it’s imperative that every franchisee does it homework well before plumbing for someone to do the job.
It also has to be respected that the cricketing acumen and knowhow of the franchisees may not be of the same level like, say that of Ajay Shirke, whose Cadence owns the Raigad Royals franchisee.
For instance, there’s a strong possibility that a franchisees or a franchisee holder could be in the dark about the credentials of a coach for
the simple reason that he could be from a non-cricketing background. Even though a franchisee is affronted with a slew of coaches’ profiles and their career highlights, there’s every likelihood that he could end up consulting various people to decide on the right coach.
MCA president Ajay Shirke says the state association would like to stand ‘neutral’ on the same. “We’ve shortlisted about twenty-five to thirty
coaches and consultants. We will be sending this list of coaches and consultants along with a brief bio-data of their credentials to all the franchisees. Similarily, all the aspiring coaches would be asked to get in touch with the franchisees if they want to be placed with them. As far as we are concerned, we would like to remain neutral.”
So, will the brief bio-data of the coaches’ credentials be enough to
mitigate the possibility of franchisees roping in the wrong man? “Every franchisee would like to pick the right man who can guide his team to get the desired results.
“You got to understand that we are taking measures to ensure the franchisees are not disadvantaged in this regard. They woud have a wider pool to choose from and I’m sure there won’t be any hassles on this count,” Shirke said.