Sulakshan Kulkarni refuses to take 'below-par contract'; turns down Mumbai head coach job

The Mumbai team has been posed with a grave issue prior to the beginning of the new season, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC)-appointed head coach, Sulakshan Kulkarni turned down the job recently

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Just one month prior to the start of the domestic season, Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) choice for the role of head coach, Sulakshan Kulkarni, turned down the job on August 20, Tuesday. Kulkarni declined to take the job after he was offered a 'below-par contract' by the association citing remuneration issues.

According to Kulkarni, the remuneration amount offered to him is much less than the original figure put up on the MCA website. Alongside, he stands to earn exactly half (₹5000 per day) the daily allowance he earned in 2011.

Originally, the MCA had posted on their website that the remuneration of the Mumbai coach will be INR 24 lakh but the contract offered to me on Tuesday was INR 14 lakh. Also, the daily allowance on match days was half of what I used to get in 2011,” Kulkarni told Hindustan Times.

Kulkarni also added that this wasn't the only reason behind turning down the Mumbai offer. He stated that his interview was taken by the MCA panel on May 20. Dilip Vengsarkar, the head of the panel had asked him to join June 1 onwards. However, he was given an offer letter in July. After which he stated that in July, he went to England with the national handicap team but if the MCA appointment had come, he wouldn’t have taken it up.

In the meantime, in May, MCA had shortlisted three candidates — Kulkarni, former Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule and current coach Vinayak Samant.

Now as Kulkarni has pulled back from the contention, there remain only two candidates. Out of which Bahutule has joined Gujarat and MCA are left with Samant.

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