Sharad Pawar to step down as MCA chief

Prince Singh / 24 July 2016
Sharad Pawar

Former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar is all set to step down as Mumbai Cricket Association chief after  the Supreme Court accepted the Lodha Committee recommendations on age-cap of 70 years for cricket administrators.

In a press conference on Sunday (July 24), Pawar, who was also the  International Cricket Council chief from 2010 to 2012, said he will gladly accept the  verdict. However, he said that the  MCA have  six months to implement the court’s orders which mean he will head the MCA for another six months.

“I will be the happiest (man) to retire. Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has approved all recommendations by the Supreme Court. But we need clarification on one or two points, like in Maharashtra, we have three associations. We have objection on rotation policy,” Pawar said.
“We will first redraw the constitution, get the draft approved by the managing committee before calling a Special General Meeting to get the amended constitution passed. We have six months’ time.”

Pawar, who is on his way out as per the judgement, as he has completed the age cap of 70 years and the term cap of nine years cumulatively set as an office-bearer,  said that while they have accepted the rule of one State, one Vote , it is still not clear to them and  so they are looking  to get clarification from the BCCI.

“We accept the one state, one vote decision. But we are three associations belonging to Maharashtra state – Mumbai CA, Maharashtra CA and Vidarbha CA. As per the judgement we have to take turns to be represented in the BCCI.
“When Mumbai gets a chance to be represented, our jurisdiction will extend all over Maharashtra and not confined only to Mumbai and its surrounding areas like Navi Mumbai and Thane as is the case now. We will then have to include players from the rest of Maharashtra in our teams (to be fielded in Ranji Trophy and other tournaments).”

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