India news October 17, 2013

Sharad Pawar set to return as an administrator

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sharad Pawar, the former ICC and BCCI chief, is set to return as an active cricket administrator after a two-year hiatus. Pawar is the only candidate in the fray for the post of president of Mumbai Cricket Association ahead of the association's elections on Friday, October 18.

Pawar, who was the MCA president for 10 years from 2001, had a challenger in Gopinath Munde, deputy leader of the principal opposition party in the Indian Parliament. However, on Thursday, incumbent MCA president Ravi Savant upheld the election officer's decision to reject Munde's nomination application on the grounds of him not being a permanent resident of Mumbai or Thane, the two districts that are in the jurisdiction of the association.

Pawar, once elected, will be eligible to return to the BCCI fold as an MCA representative. He is one of the key rivals of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, who, despite having been embroiled in controversies following the IPL corruption scandal, has managed to retain his hold on the board. If Pawar leads the rival group against Srinivasan, it could indeed stir an anti-Srinivasan motion in the coming months.

Meanwhile, caretaking president Savant, who was appointed as a BCCI vice-president on September 29, will be vying for one of the two vice-president posts at the MCA. Savant, Vijay Patil, an incumbent vice-president, and Pankaj Thakur, who is representing a group led by former MCA vice-president Ratnakar Shetty, are in contention for the two posts.

Current joint secretaries Nitin Dalal and PV Shetty from Bal Mahaddalkar panel will face resistance from Dr Unmesh Khanvilkar from Patil's Cricket First and Shetty group's Pravin Barve. Incumbent caretaking vice-president Vinod Deshpande will face current caretaking treasurer Mayank Khandawala for the treasurer's post.

Thirty candidates will be in contention for the 11 managing committee members' posts. Prominent among them are former Test players Lalchand Rajput and Abey Kuruvilla along with former Ranji Trophy paceman Atul Ranade and left-arm spinner Sanjay Patil, all of whom would be representing Cricket First.

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  • Surendar on October 18, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Pawar - You have done nothing to cricket and at your age it is better to sit in home and watch cricket... Srini has done a lot to cricket and ex cricketers , better leave him to continue his good job rather playing politics in cricket..

    It would be good being a Agriculture minsiter what have you done to the farmers and to improve agricultrue in our contry... Really shame on you..

  • Nanda Kumar on October 18, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Oh boy. DEAR Mr Pawar. There are so many challenges facing the county and as Union Minister jn charge of Agriculture, your time must be full up. Your considerable political accuman must be utilised more in that area rather than in MCA. Besides even in cricket administration we need the younger generation to take charge. Surprised you are starting all over again.

    While Srini baiters may chear , there is nothing for the cricket fan to get enthused. Mr Pawar did nothing to improve transparency or improve cricket in India during his stint. Very sad that we get old wines in old bottles re circulated when some new faces wpuld have helped. Indian cricket is going no where.

  • Android on October 18, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    politician should not enter into sports

  • Akbar on October 17, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    May be he is confident that he will loose his parliament seat in forthcoming election

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