|Chavan and (right) Pawar
Chandigarh, Sept.16: The Congress and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party are supposed to be allies, but they appear headed for a face-off in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
Indeed, in a stunning development, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, a Congressman, looks set to offer himself as a candidate for the president’s post.
However, the twist is that on July 31, Pawar himself confirmed he’d be looking to make a return as the MCA president!
The AGM is just over a month away, on October 18. Ravi Savant, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) treasurer, is the MCA’s interim president at this point in time.
So, are Chavan and Pawar allies or foes? Or, is something else being worked out, which could have a bearing on the BCCI?
According to The Telegraph’s sources, the MCA received a letter from the Mazgaon Cricket Club around 4pm, stating Chavan would be their “representative” at all meetings now onwards.
The letter had Chavan’s “attested” signature in one corner, a “specimen” for the MCA’s records.
Obviously, Chavan won’t be wasting his time in a sports body and, clearly, there has to be a bigger game plan: to sit on the MCA president’s chair.
The late Vilasrao Deshmukh, the MCA’s last elected president, had also gained entry courtesy the very club which has nominated Chavan.
Deshmukh, a former Maharashtra chief minister, was a Union minister when he beat Dilip Vengsarkar to become the MCA president.
If the Chavan development wasn’t dramatic enough, in the evening, one heard that the BJP or the Shiv Sena could also get into the act with “somebody big” coming in to represent one of the clubs.
A fresh nomination by any club, as regards the representative, has to be communicated to the MCA by tomorrow.
Seems to be action time in Mumbai, not just in Chennai, home turf of the BCCI president, Narayanswamy Srinivasan.