Sharad Pawar wants

Sharad Pawar is likely to contest in Mumbai Cricket Association’s elections for the post of president, which he held for years, next month © Getty Images

Sep 24, 2013

Former chief of International Cricket Council (ICC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sharad Pawar asked for “ruthless action” against those guilty in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing controversy. Pawar felt that those involved in the mess have brought shame to the game and have shaken the faith of cricket lovers.

According to the Times of India, Pawar was satisfied with the action taken against few cricketers but felt that a stronger decision should be taken against people in administration. He chose not to name anyone, although his feud with N Srinivasan is known to many.

The Union minister is likely to contest for the post of president in next month’s Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) elections. He has been the president of the club for a long period before becoming the chief of BCCI and ICC. However, he clarified that if he does contest and win the elections, he will improve the infrastructure for cricket lovers.

This comes at a time when Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan also hinted of contesting the MCA polls. Even Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde might be seen contesting. 

Pawar said, “I was there for 10 years as a president. In my regime, we have constructed basic infrastructure at the Bandra-Kurla club at the cost of nearly Rs 100 crore… Two major clubs had been set up with investment of about Rs 200 to 250 crore. The Wankhede stadium was totally renovated. We have constructed [the] office for the MCA and BCCI.”

Pawar also spoke about having two-three more grounds in Mumbai. “After Wankhede, not a single thing was added. So, I am just thinking whether I should again serve the institutions which have given me tremendous support in the area of cricket.”