Lalchand Rajput denies shifting to Prof Shetty group
Lalchand Rajput has quashed rumours that he has moved from Vijay Patil's Cricket First group to Prof Ratnakar Shetty's panel for the October 18 biennial elections of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
Rajput, who is currently with the India ‘A’ team as coach, was upset at the rumours. “I have not spoken to anyone. I am busy with the India ‘A’ team. It is an important assignment.
I don’t know who is spreading these rumours. I don’t want to talk anything about it at the moment,” Rajput said from Mysore where India ‘A’ is up against West Indies ‘A’ in a four-day game.
Rajput was MCA’s Joint Honorary Secretary during the 2011 World Cup and will be contesting for the same post again. Patil’s group also rubbished the rumours. “There is no such thing. He is very much with us,” said a key member of the panel.
It is learnt that Rajput personally spoke to Patil over the phone on Wednesday night during a meeting of their members. “He clearly said I am with Cricket First. What else is required? It has become a common practice during elections to spread such rumours to create a hype,” said the member.
Shetty, who is the General Manager Game Development of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is likely to announce his panel after the Board’s AGM on September 29 in Chennai.
Yesterday, Bombay Union SC and Shetty filed a Writ Petition against MCA challenging the amendment in the election bylaws which will come up for hearing on October 3.