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Contractor accuses trio of conspiracy
- Ex-captain raps Sunny, Dilip, Brijesh after losing NCA post

Mumbai: Former India captain Nari Contractor on Tuesday slammed the National Cricket Academy (NCA) committee’s decision to replace him with Ashok Mankad as talent resources development officer (TRDO) from West Zone at a recent meeting in Bangalore.

Contractor said he firmly believes NCA director Brijesh Patel, Sunil Gavaskar and Indian cricket board’s chief TRDO Dilip Vengsarkar had “ganged up” to oust him from the post.

His ouster comes in the wake of what he believes was “a casual conversation” with Gavaskar’s childhood friend Milind Rege at a recent function. Over there, he questioned Rohan Gavaskar’s inclusion in the India A team for the tour of England. He also questioned Brijesh’s son Udit Patel’s selection for the Border-Gavaskar scholarship.

“My ouster had nothing to do with age. In fact, when Dilip met me before the NCA meeting in Bangalore he had confirmed that I will be the TRDO and he wanted to know whether I could spare more time after it was decided to have just three TRDOs this year instead of six.

“If age was the reason then how come former Mumbai spinner Padmakar Shivalkar, who is 62, is chosen as the second TRDO, ahead of the 45-year-old Kiran Mokashi,” said Contractor.

When contacted, Gavaskar declined to comment. (PTI)

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