Sharad Pawar

2023 ODI World Cup (Photo: AFP)
2023 ODI World Cup (Photo: AFP)
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BCCI To Establish Local Organising Committee (LOC) Of 2023 World Cup

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly said to form a Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the forthcoming ICC Men’s World Cup 2023. The Apex Council of the BCCI in its latest meeting approved the office-bearers to form the LOC. A few important positions of global significance are up for taking in Indian cricket but the biggest of them all could be a job in the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The Apex Council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), at its recent meeting, authorized the office-bearers to form the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the men’s 2023 World Cup, an organizational necessity for next year’s mega event.

BCCI headquarters in Mumbai | Getty
BCCI headquarters in Mumbai | Getty

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) To form A Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Of World Cup 2023

The formation of the LOC could be completed soon, by this month-end itself if one goes by the comments of an office-bearer, but there is always a talk in the BCCI if one of their own can get to head the ICC at the time of next year’s pinnacle championship. There is a line of thinking in the BCCI that the ICC chairman post should come to India given that it is hosting the tournament.

Sharad Pawar was the head of the ICC when India last hosted the World Cup, in 2011. BCCI has a good equation with current ICC chairman Greg Barclay and is unlikely to do anything to disturb the New Zealander.

ICC Chairman Greg Barclay was apparently very helpful to the BCCI during the conduct of the 2021 T20I World Cup by speedily clearing the files. On one particular occasion, after a request from BCCI secretary Jay Shah, Greg Barclay intervened to clear an important file. BCCI and Greg Barclay enjoy a good equation and the BCCI had actually played a key role in the election of Greg Barclay to the ICC.

Greg Barclay
Greg Barclay. Credits: RCB

Greg Barclay’s first two-year tenure ends this year, there being a little bit of ambiguity whether it will end in December as he was elected in December 2020 or at the ICC annual conference in July, when normally the new chairman takes charge. Constitutionally, the chairman can seek two more tenures of two-years.

Hemang Amin, Gaurav Saxena And Abey Kuruvilla In Frey For Positions In the LOC

The LOC will require several verticals — heads for security, finance, logistics, operations, marketing and media among others — but the most important position is of the tournament director. BCCI will have to choose one from the staff and candidates like acting CEO Hemang Amin and GM Gaurav Saxena – holding senior positions — could be in the fray.

Given that Hemang Amin has IPL in his plate, Gaurav Saxena could be the favourite but a decision has yet not been made. Abey Kuruvilla, who is a GM, could also be a candidate but given his relative inexperience in the BCCI, one is not sure if the former India pacer will be considered.

Abey Kuruvilla was a former BCCI under-19 selector. - P. K. AJITH KUMAR
Abey Kuruvilla was a former BCCI under-19 selector. – P. K. AJITH KUMAR

Dhiraj Malhotra would have been an automatic choice – he held the position for the UAE World Cup last year – but his resignation earlier this year has led to the search for the tournament director.

“The office-bearers have been authorized to form the LOC,” a member of the BCCI said confirming that the matter was one the items in the Apex Council’s agenda.

The 2023 ODI World Cup will be held in October-November 2023. This will be the first time the competition will be held entirely in India. Three previous editions were partially hosted there – 1987, 1996, and 2011.

For the World Cup, the top seven sides plus the hosts (India) from the thirteen competitors in the Super League will qualify. The remaining five teams, along with five Associate sides, will play in the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, from which two teams will go through to the final tournament.

Virat Kohli | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli | Photo Credit: AP
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Virat Kohli’s Selection During Dilip Vengsarkar’s Tenure Praised By Ratnakar Shetty

Virat Kohli, former India skipper was brought into the team during Dilip Vengsarkar’s tenure as the Chairman of Selectors. Dilip Vengsarkar sent the then youngster Virat Kohli out for different assignments and has been credited by veteran cricket administrator Prof Ratnakar Shetty for his contribution and acute decision-making.

Veteran cricket administrator Prof Ratnakar Shetty reserved special praise for former Chairman of selectors for his decision to introduce former India skipper Virat Kohli to the national side.

Dilip Vengsarkar file image | Sandeep Shetty / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
Dilip Vengsarkar file image | Sandeep Shetty / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Prof Ratnakar Shetty Reserved Special Praise For Dilip Vengsarkar

While speaking at his book launch ‘On Board – My years in BCCI’, which was officially unveiled by former BCCI boss Sharad Pawar, Prof Ratnakar Shetty reserved special praise for Dilip Vengsarkar, implying he was the best.

“I have not seen a chairman in selection committee better than Dilip Vengsarkar in my tenure in BCCI,” Shetty said after his book ‘On Board – My years in BCCI’ was launched by former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar.

“We celebrated Virat Kohli’s 100 Test, but I know the truth that when he came back from ICC World Cup U-19, he (Vengsarkar) pushed him (Kohli) into the Emerging player’s tournament, sent him to Australia where Virat got a hundred in the final, which we won.”

“He came back (and) Dilip introduced him into the Indian team and brought him into this mainstream of Indian cricket,” he recalled.

Professor Ratnakar Shetty (Getty Images)
Professor Ratnakar Shetty (Getty Images)

Prof Ratnakar Shetty, who has worked closely with former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar, a veteran of 116 Tests, also threw light on the ‘Colonel’s’ tenure as the chief national selector.

“Not only that, even in the Greg Chappell era, difficult times in Indian cricket, some of the cricketers were left in the lurch at that time, many of them came back to play for India when he (Vengsarkar) became chairman of selection committee.

“Because, he had that power and he could take such decisions. That was Dilip Vengsarkar,” added Shetty, who is a chemistry professor by profession.

According to Prof Ratnakar Shetty, Sharad Pawar, the former ICC, BCCI and MCA chief, “had the knack of getting things done”. Sharad Pawar launched the book in the presence of Dilip Vengsarkar, Mumbai Cricket Association President Dr Vijay Patil, and a host of former India and first-class cricketers, including Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Diana Edulji, Nilesh Kulkarni, Chandrakant Pandit and others.

Virat Kohli Was The Leading Run Scorer In Emerging Players Tournament 2009

In the Emerging Players Tournament 2009, India took the 50-over title with a 17-run win over South Africa at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane. Virat Kohli was the leading run-scorer with 398 runs, including two centuries and as many fifties, while Sudeep Tyagi led the wicket charts with 14 wickets.

Virat Kohli Getty Images (file photo)
Virat Kohli Getty Images (file photo)

South Africa were the overwhelming favourites to take the title, having won all eight games but failed to chase down a challenging 284 in the final. The in-form opener Virat Kohli (104) and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (74) were the top performers with the bat while the Uttar Pradesh fast bowler Sudeep Tyagi took 4 for 74 to derail the chase.

On March 2, 2008, the Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team won the ICC Under-19 World Cup beating South Africa in the final of the tournament by 12 runs (D/L Method) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A young and aggressive side won all their group matches and kept a perfect winning record in the tournament, however, a rainy final displayed India’s true temperament as the young lads held their nerves to win their second U-19 World Cup title at that time. Fast forward to 2022, India have now won the U-19 World Cup five times – 2000, 2008, 2012, 2018, and 2022.

N Srinivasan's son compares him to Orlando killer & wanted Virat Kohli out
N Srinivasan's son compares him to Orlando killer

Former BCCI President N Srinivasan Wanted Subramaniam Badrinath Over Virat Kohli

Former Indian cricketer and ex-Chief Selector of the Indian cricket team, Dilip Vengasarkar, was the one who selected Virat Kohli in the Indian cricket team after Delhi boy’s success in junior World Cup but little is known that he had to pay the price for this.

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Dilip Vengsakar has stepped down from the vice-president’s post of MCA.

As per Vengasarkar, N Srinivasan, then the Treasurer and future President of BCCI, wanted Subramaniam Badrinath in the team and complained about Vengasarkar to then BCCI President Sharad Pawar regarding the same,

“When N. Srinivasan, then board treasurer and controller of Tamil Nadu cricket, found out I had dropped Badrinath for Virat, he was livid and went and complained to the board president Sharad Pawar. The next day I was removed as chairman of selectors but fortunately they couldn’t change my decision to pick Virat,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying in the book Democracy XI.

Kohli though did not enjoy much success at the start of his career. He drew attention when he scored a century in a win against Sri Lanka in 2009 at Eden Gardens. Chasing a total of 316, India were two down for 23, and from there, Kohli added 224 runs for the third wicket with Gautam Gambhir, who played an innings of 150*. Gambhir was so impressed with Kohli that he shared his Man of the Match award with him.

India Vs New Zealand, 200th ODI felicitation, MCA, Ashish Shelar, Ranji Trophy, Mumbai,
Kohli made batting easy as he has now 31 hundreds to his name. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Still, Kohli took his time in international cricket and attained much success after the 2011 World Cup. He was first appointed as vice-captain of Indian cricket team in 2012 for the Asia Cup and then went on to lead the side for the first time as a captain in 2013 in tri-series in West Indies.

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At present, Kohli is one of the best batsmen in limited overs cricket and captain of Indian cricket team in all the formats of the game.

Subramaniam Badrinath | Indian cricket team |
Subramaniam Badrinath played two Test matches for India.

On the other hand, Badrinath did not have an illustrious career. He was ignored by national selectors on many occasions, despite scoring heavily in domestic cricket. It was in 2012 when he was part of Indian team after he was called in for Test series against New Zealand as a replacement of retired VVS Laxman.

Badrinath, who now plays for Vidarbha, had decided not to play the first-class season to allow young cricketers get their much-deserved chance.

However, it can be said that Badrinath deserved a longer go at international cricket, but selectors gave the batsman rare chances to play international cricket.

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Sachin Tendulkar Clarifies Amidst Controversy Over a Tweet From Sara Tendulkar’s Fake Account

In today’s world, social media is one of the most influential tools; it can make or spoil an individual’s image, and it does not even matter if you are a recipient of the Bharat Ratna Award. Sachin Tendulkar is one of India’s most respected citizen, and when a controversial tweet is posted from his children’s Twitter account, it is essential that it should be cleared out.

Sachin Tendulkar Clarifies Amidst Controversy Over a Tweet From Sara Tendulkar's Fake Account 1
Image Courtesy: Twitter

A fake of Sara Tendulkar daughter of Sachin Tendulkar targeted National Congress Party’s Chief Sharad Pawar. On Sunday, a twitter account named @SaraSachin_rt in a tweet targeted the chief as the tweet read,

“Everyone knows that Sharad Pawar NCP looted Maharashtra state but little known that he tried centre too (sic).”

This tweet did not go down well with the other politicians as National Congress Party Legislator Jitendra Awhad seeked an explanation from the legendary cricketer as he was unaware of the fact that Sachin’s daughter and son do not have a twitter account.

In a series of tweets, Sachin clarified that neither Sara nor Arjun have an account on twitter and he urged Twitter to take an action on all these fake accounts and remove them as soon as possible.  In his first tweet he wrote, “I reiterate the fact that my children Arjun & Sara are not on twitter. We request @Twitter to remove all such accounts at the earliest (1/2)”

In his second tweet he made an appeal that some corrective action must be taken as soon as possible, “Impersonation wreaks havoc, creates misunderstanding & traumatises us. I appeal to the platforms to take corrective measures immediately 2/2”

Sachin has been an active on user on twitter as he has never backed out on expressing his views and feelings on the social media platform. He would be hoping that this appeal will end this situation in the future.

MCA Selections Slated for 10th November Postponed
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MCA Selections Slated for 10th November Postponed

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) elections which were slated to be held on November 10 have been postponed to an indefinite date as per reports surfacing in the media on Monday. Sources close to the MCA stated the fact that the elections scheduled for November 10 have been postponed and the new date for the same will be decided only after Supreme Court gives its order on implementing the Lodha Committee Reforms.

The Order from the Supreme Court is expected to come by October 30. During the last MCA polls held in the year 2015. NCP Chief and former Union Minister Sharad Pawar were elected as the President of Mumbai Cricket Association. The recommendations which were implied by the Lodha Committee prevented any person above the age of 70 from being an office bearer of a cricket association, and that was the reason why Pawar resigned from his post, and the vacant spot was taken by BJP Chief of Mumbai Ashish Shelar.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are all set to play Australia in the 2nd T20I slated for later in the day, and they will be hoping to clinch the trophy with a match to spare. A victory today will not only give them a series victory but will also allow the management to test out some of the bench players who haven’t got enough chance in the limited overs series so far.

In the opening rain curtailed T20I in Ranchi, it was again the Indian bowlers who did the job for Virat Kohli. The hosts took wickets at regular intervals and never allowed the Aussies to get going. Kuldeep Yadav yet again proved his worth and bagged the Man of the Match Award for his exceptional spell of 2/16 in 4 overs.

Jasprit Bumrah also bagged a couple as India restricted the Aussies to 118/8 in 18.4 overs when rain halted play for a long time. When India did come out to bat, they were set a target of 48 in 6 overs. The hosts lost Rohit Sharma in their chase, but Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan ensured they reached the target with utmost ease in the end.

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Dilip Vengsakar has stepped down from the vice-president's post of MCA.
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Dilip Vengsakar Resigns As Vice-President of MCA Owing to Supreme’s Court Decision on January 2nd, 2017

The year 2017 seems to be the year of resignations. After Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down from the captaincy post on Thursday evening, its former Indian batsman Dilip Vengsakar, who has now pulled out from the vice-presidency post of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Friday.

Following the honourable Supreme Court’s decision on January 2, ex-Indian selector Vengsakar submitted his resignation to the MCA saying it was tendered by Sharad Pawar’s decision to step down as the MCA president.

“In view of the Honorable Supreme Court order dated 2nd January 2017, I hereby tender my resignation for the post of Vice President of the association.”

Sharad Pawar resigned from the presidency post on December 17, saying as per the apex court orders on July 18,2016, anyone won’t be eligible to hold a post in BCCI if he ages past 70 years, which Pawar was, and wisely he stepped off without much hassle.

Dilip Vengsakar has a history of his own sitting in the selection committee, some ten years back. After India were thrashed out of the 50-over World Cup in West Indies in 2007 and a lost a close ODI series in England too, Vengsakar lead committee picked MS Dhoni as the replacement of Rahul Dravid to lead in limited overs.

Going by his decision, MSD led India stunned the world by winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 in South Africa and later won the Commonwealth Series in Australia by beating the hosts in the finals.

History was then repeated as Dhoni guided his country to lift their second 50-over World Cup in 2011 after 28 long years.

Sharad Pawar
Sharad Pawar
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‘Unqualified’ Sharad Pawar Resigns As MCA Chief

Sharad Pawar, the former ICC and BCCI chief, has stepped down as the President of Mumbai Cricket Association with the immediate effect. He resigned from the post in an urgent meeting organised by the board on Saturday. However, his resignation is not yet approved by M.C.A.

As per the Lodha Panel recommendations, no cricket administrator can be over the age of 70 or serve for two consecutive terms. Pawar, who was elected as the chief of M.C.A. last year for the third time in his career,  is already 76 years old and fails to fulfil the guidelines to qualify for the same. His resignation from the post does not come as a surprise as the political baron was mulling to quit the post from past six months.

Pawar, previously, has also served as the president of Pune International Marathon Trust.

He is also the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and has also served as Union Minister in Central Government. He is currently the member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament.

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Sharad Pawar Likely To Step Down As MCA President

Veteran cricket administrator Sharad Pawar will have to step down as the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president if the state cricket board decides to implement the Lodha Committee recommendations. The MCA will hold an urgent managing committee meeting on Saturday to make a decision on whether to implement the reforms or not.

The 76-year-old former ICC and BCCI chief does not meet the Lodha Committee’s recommendation of the age limit to hold a post in the board. As per the recommendations, 70-year has been decided as the age limit for office bearers. Another recommendation that states no cricket administrator can have more than two consecutive terms also makes Pawar ineligible to continue as the MCA chief. Pawar served as the chairman of the BCCI from 2005 to 2008 and as the president of the ICC from 2010 to 2012 before being re-elected as the MCA president in 2015.

Speaking at the 89th AGM of the (FICCI) on Friday, Pawar said: “While I am closely associated with cricket, the matter is in the Supreme court. The Court is now going to decide how cricket will be organised. Till yesterday, they were guiding how to run the country. Now, they are also guiding the sports organisation.”

But at the same time, he remained cautious while making a comment towards the apex court by saying: “I don’t want to say anything about that. I don’t want to face contempt of court.”

Back in July after the MCA Managing Committee, Pawar had said he would happily accept the recommendations of the panel.

He had said: “I am quite happy to retire as a happy person. The Supreme Court has said that persons over 70 cannot continue and it has also said about the maximum period of nine years for office-bearers. So I come under both categories. I should not expect that I should continue. I cannot stay beyond six months. I don’t want to wait till then, but some procedures have to be completed.”

Meanwhile, the MCA has called an urgent managing committee meeting on Saturday to discuss the latest observations by the Supreme Court. The Indian Express has reported Pawar has decided to quit as he does not want to be in a tussle with the apex court.

Sharad Pawar
Sharad Pawar
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Sharad Pawar to step down as MCA chief

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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MCA to discuss about SC judgement on Lodha committee report

The managing committee of Mumbai cricket Association (MCA) is scheduled to meet on Sunday to discuss about the Supreme Court judgement over Lodha Committee’s  recommendations for the cricket boards in India.

The decision had a huge impact on MCA which is one of the biggest boards in entire nation. The current president, Sharad Pawar will be ineligible to be on the board as he is above 70 besides serving the board for nine years.

Former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar who is currently the vice president of the board will also be ineligible due to the fact that he has completed nine years on the board in two stints.

Current Joint Secretary PV Shetty and Treasurer Nitin Dalal have also become ineligible along with a few other committee members, according to MCA sources which leads to huge effect on the board.

According to Lodha committee’s recommendations no person should hold the office after being office-bearer for nine years or if he is more than 70 years or if he is a Minister or government servant or holds any post of another sports body in the country.

The Supreme Court’s decision in favour of`one state one vote’ is also going to have a huge impact on the board as Maharastra has MCA along with Maharashtra CA, Vidarbha CA and the Cricket Club of India. This meant that the four boards have to use the vote on rotational basis which will have a huge impact on their control over the country’s cricketing decisions.

Sharad Pawar will also address the media once the meeting is completed on Sunday, as per an intimation received from MCA.

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