Sharad Pawar says he is not eyeing BCCI return

Sharad Pawar was elected as MCA president on October 18, 2013 © Getty Images

Mumbai: Oct 18, 2013:

Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sharad Pawar, who returned as president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), on Friday said he is not eyeing the top post of the BCCI which he had headed from 2005-06 to 2007-08.

“I don’t have time to go to BCCI as I don’t have time for any responsibility. I might go for meetings but I don’t have time to take up any responsibility,” the Union Agriculture Minister told reporters after MCA’s AGM in Mumbai.

Pawar and current BCCI President N Srinivasan, who had worked as a treasurer under him, are no longer considered to be close and there was speculation that the former had plans to come back to the Board’s top post when he decided to contest the MCA polls.

On his second innings with MCA, Pawar said, “I am absolutely concerned about taking views of each and every club. You see, there are three panels [that contested the biennial polls on Friday] and I will get everyone together.”

When asked about BCCI general manager (Game Development) Ratnakar Shetty and MCA vice-president Ravi Savant being at loggerheads, Pawar said, “These two members were working with me for 10 years. They are very committed to cricket. They are honest. Their integrity is above all. The only question was how to handle them. Now that I am back, I will handle them.”

Pawar also said MCA has formed a committee comprising himself as head, Shripad Halbe, Shetty, Milind Rege and Vinod Deshpande for the felicitation of batting great Sachin Tendulkar who will retire after playing his 200th Test against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from November 14-18.

“We have appointed a committee which will meet on October 21 and make a plan for a grand felicitation for Sachin,” he said.