Sharad Pawar is all set to return to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) chief’s post unopposed,after MCA president Ravi Sawant rejected potential rival BJP leader Gopinath Munde’s appeal. According to Sawant,Munde didn’t qualify to contest the elections as his voter ID didn’t have a Mumbai or Thane address,a pre-condition mentioned in the MCA bylaws.
Following this development,election officer SM Gorwadkar declared Pawar elected unopposed.
Pawar’s return to cricket administration is expected change the power equation within the BCCI. Though N Srinivasan has total control over the Indian board,as was evident when he got a year’s extention as president last month,Pawar presence can rock the boat. There were a few vocies of dissent during the days following the IPL spot-fixing scandal but with no leader of stature to rally around; Srinivasan went unchallenged.
The MCA will see a fight for the vice-presidents’ post,with three members – Sawant,Patil and Pankaj Thakur – battling it out for the two posts. The MCA will witness a battle between Vinod Deshpande (Mahaddalkar group) and Mayank Khandwala (Cricket First) for the treasurer’s post.
The two sitting joint-secretaries Nitin Dalal and PV Shetty will be seen contesting against Dr Unmesh Khanvilkar (Cricket First) and former joint secretary Pravin Barve (Shetty group). The MCA will see 30 members contesting for 11 managing committee posts across three groups.
SACHIN Tendulkar’s close friend Atul Ranade,who is contesting for the managing committee post,has alleged that the veteran batsman’s guests were humiliated by MCA officials during the 2011 World Cup final.
During the World Cup final,Sachin Tendulkar was allotted 20 tickets in the Garware Pavilion. Some of his family friends and guests were there. But the way they were treated was shocking. We had to literally beg for food passes in the president’s lounge. Now,imagine if this is how a legendary cricketer gets treated,what would other cricketers have to go through? Tendulkar does not know about this incident. Many cricketers are asked to stand in a queue for match passes, Ranade told a gathering on Wednesday.