Sharad Pawar likely to contest Mumbai Cricket Association elections

Sharad Pawar could not contest last time as he was a permanent resident of Baramati © Getty Images

Mumbai: Aug 12, 2013 

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Monday announced October 18 as the date of its biennial elections at its managing committee meeting. Union Agriculture Minister and former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar is likely to contest.

“The election date has been decided as October 18. September 17 is the last date for each club to prepare its representative voter list. The last date for filing nomination is October 11. That would be scrutinised on October 12 and the withdrawals, if any, would take place on October 15,” MCA president Ravi Savant told reporters.

He said Pawar had expressed desire to return as president of MCA. “He has declared that he will be contesting the election….Recently, he changed his address, because of the technical objection raised last time,” Savant said.

Pawar, who was MCA president earlier, could not contest last time as he was a permanent resident of Baramati and not Mumbai.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister, the late Vilasrao Deshmukh was then elected as MCA president; Savant took over after Deshmukh’s demise.

Explaining the delay in holding elections that were earlier scheduled in April, Savant said, “It is not possible in September since our season starts. So we amended it to April….But the IPL was there in April, so we decided to do it after that. But when IPL was about to end, there was an episode of match fixing and betting.

“Also, there were some black marketing allegations and we debarred one of our club’s representative and that matter went to the court….That also delayed (it). Since it was filed in a fast track court, we thought the decision would come earlier, but the case is going on. We thought there is no point in waiting,” he said.