Mumbai, Jul 11: 2011
DY Patil Stadium chairman Vijay Patil is confident that his track record as an administrator would stand him in good stead in this week's Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) elections.
Patil is contesting with eight others for two vice presidents' posts in the MCA elections to be held on July 15.
"I am contesting the elections as an independent candidate and not as a member of any panel. I am very confident of my chances and my talks with MCA members have been very encouraging," Patil told PTI.
"Voters are interested about what individuals can bring to the table and I feel my track record in Navi Mumbai would be to my advantage," he added.
Among his rivals are former Mumbai Ranji Trophy captain Milind Rege and former India stumper Chandrakant Pandit -- both contesting as members of the panel led by former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar, who is contesting for the President's post.
Also competing for the two VP's posts are Ashish Shelar and Prof Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's Chief Administrative Officer, as members of the Sharad Pawar-Bal Mahaddalkar panel.
Patil said that though the upkeep of the newly refurbished Wankhede Stadium would be challenging, it can be done with the proper personnel being put in charge.
"Facility Management is the most important aspect. It should not be a problem in maintaining it properly if you have a good team in place.
"With the dwindling attendance to Test matches, it's important to add to the spectators' comforts and bring them back to the stadium," said Patil.
Patil said that a lot of goals need to be set by the administrators of the MCA and one of these should be to make it into one of the best run sports organisations in the world and offer world class facilities for the game at all levels.
"We must have world class infrastructure to benefit players from the grassroots to the top level."
Patil felt an important goal of the MCA should be to help facilitate more and more players make it to the top most level of the sport and maintain Mumbai's name as the nursery of the willow game in the country.
"One of our goals should be to help Mumbai win tournaments in all age groups till the Ranji Trophy level. The goal should be to prepare our cricketers go on to represent the country and maintain Mumbai's tradition," Patil said.
"Another important goal should be to help Mumbai players gain regular employment in the public sector holdings. These have gone down over the years," he added.
Patil was not too worried about the future of the top-class facility he has helped created in Navi Mumbai with the Wankhede Stadium now available for hosting IPL ties and another modern stadium nearing completion in Pune.
"When we built the stadium, the IPL was not in existence.
Not just the D Y Patil Stadium, but stadia all over the world are becoming multi-sport ones. I'm sure a lot of opportunities will arise," he pointed out.