SACHIN Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Ajit Agarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Wasim Jaffer, Vinod Kambli, Avishkar Salvi and Paras Mhambrey are barred from voting in the upcoming October 18 Mumbai Cricket Association election. The reason? They did not turn in their voter ID and registration before the election.
Sandeep Patil, who is running for the post of MCA president, had applied to allow e-voting for the MCA election, but this was rejected. Gavaskar, Manjrekar and Agarkar are expected to feature on the commentary panel for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. While Mhambrey is India’s bowling coach, Salvi and Jaffer are on the road as coaches.
Sandeep Patil will run against Amol Kale, an incumbent MCA vice president and a candidate backed by the Sharad Pawar-Ashish Shelar group.
The MCA election is also held for the offices of Honorary Secretary, Treasurer and Apex Council, and members of the Board post. Retired Chief Inspector Deepak Patil has been declared the unchallenged Jt Secretary and the MCA will not hold a contest for the post of Vice President of the MCA as all candidates have decided to retire.
“Today, having submitted my nomination for BCCI Treasurer, I withdrew my name as a candidate for MCA President. Our candidate will be Amol Kale, we had a discussion with Sharad Pawar and Kale’s nomination as President of MCA is already in place. So he’s going to contest one of our group’s posts,” Shelar told reporters.
Pawar, a leader of the NCP (Nationalist Congress Party), and Shelar, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mumbai, have joined forces to jointly contest the MCA election. The Pawar Shelar group has also endorsed former minister in Maha Vikas, Aghadi Jitendra Awhad, for a position on the Apex Council, while personal assistant to Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Milind Narvekar, has also been recruited by the same group.
Vihang Sarnaik, son of MLA Pratap Sarnaik and a key member of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s camp, was declared unopposed chairman for the post of chairman of the Mumbai Premier League T20 by the Pawar-Shelar group.