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Sharad Pawar Steps Down as Mumbai Cricket Association Chief

New Delhi: Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) chief Sharad Pawar stepped down from his post on Saturday evening after its managing committee meeting, clearly hinting that the association is set to toe the line and apply the recommendations of the Lodha panel.

According to the recommendations of the panel, cricket administrators need to be under 70 and can’t serve two consecutive terms. Going into the meeting, the diktat was clear. If the MCA decided to adopt the panel’s recommendations, Pawar would step down. And that is exactly what happened.

The agenda of the meeting was to discuss on how exactly the MCA can and if they will indeed implement the recommendations of the panel in toto.
Pawar had made his intentions of quitting pretty clear on Friday itself when he said that he didn’t want to go against the honourable Supreme Court or the Lodha committee.

Speaking at the 89th AGM of FICCI, Pawar had 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.”

The Supreme Court isn’t too happy with the BCCI as they have time and again refused to implement the recommendations of the Lodha panel.

In fact, earlier in July as well, Pawar had made it clear that he would have been happy to step down from his post as MCA chief.

“We discussed the Lodha committee recommendations and the Supreme Court judgement and unanimously approved all recommendations given by the Supreme Court,” Pawar had announced after MCA’s managing committee meeting in July.

But Pawar had also reiterated that he wasn’t quitting immediately and that the MCA had six month to rework the constitution and implement the panel’s recommendations.

“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,” he had said.

“I respect the judiciary and will be happy and contended to retire from cricket administration. As you know during my time in the BCCI (as its president) and MCA, several things have been accomplished in support of cricket.”

Saturday’s decision definitely means that Mumbai will become the fourth state after Vidarbha, Rajasthan and Tripura to implement the Lodha panel’s recommendations in toto.

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