Calcutta: Former India captain and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar, who’d been the first to announce he’ll make a (fresh) bid for the Mumbai Cricket Association president’s post, has been forced to wait and watch.
All because three heavyweights from the world of politics — Union minister Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra chief ministerPrithviraj Chavan and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde — have directly or indirectly made known their interest in the same position.
Besides, the Shiv Sena is a fairly important behind-the-scenes player.
“Nominations are to be filed on Friday... There’s still time, so let’s see... At this stage, I wouldn’t like to say anything more,” Vengsarkar told The Telegraph on Monday.
Perhaps, Vengsarkar doesn’t have a choice at this stage. He’s got to wait for the politicians to lay their cards on the table.
In a straight contest, Vengsarkar lost to Vilasrao Deshmukh, who is no more, in the last (biennial) elections, on July 15, 2011.
Deshmukh, a former Maharashtra chief minister, was then a Union minister. His two-year term is being completed by Ravi Savant, who has recently been made a vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
This time, the elections and the AGM have been scheduled for October 18.
Till the Mazgaon Cricket Club recently nominated Chavan to be its representative at “all meetings” of the Association, it was assumed that Pawar (Parsee Pioneer) would face no opposition in his quest for a second innings as president.
That may still be so, as there’s talk that Pawar has reached an “understanding” with the Congress’ Chavan. Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress are partners in ruling Maharashtra.
If the “understanding” bit is correct, where does that leave Munde (Stylo Cricketers’ representative)? There was no clear answer till the evening, leaving the Vengsarkars to “study” the situation.
Eventually, Munde could settle for the one of the two vice-president’s posts.
As has been mentioned more than once over the past few months, Pawar has a bigger game plan and wants to again take charge of the BCCI.
Pawar is not only a former president of the BCCI, he’s headed the International Cricket Council too.
There was a time when Pawar, now 72, was an aspirant for the Prime Minister’s chair. But he’s been settling for much less.
For now, everybody involved with the Association is awaiting verdicts from two courts on Tuesday — the Bombay High Court and the City Civil Court.
Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (Bombay High Court) and Mayank Parekh have challenged an amendment by the Association which bars those employed by the BCCI from contesting elections.
Apparently, the amendment was passed by the Association’s 10-member managing committee and not the general body at a special sitting, as is required.
Both Prof. Shetty and Parekh have termed it an unconstitutional act.
Prof. Shetty, who is at loggerheads with Savant, is the BCCI’s general manager (game development). Parekh is executive assistant to Narayanswamy Srinivasan, who controls the BCCI.
While Prof. Shetty is an old hand at the Association, Parekh “runs” a clutch of clubs who’re part of the 300-plus electorate.
Tuesday, then, is a big day for the fraternity in India: The Supreme Court will pass an order in one case, courts in Mumbai on an entirely different issue.