Finally, MCA confirm elections will be held on October 18

Aug 13, 2013, 01:03 IST | Harit N Joshi

The suspense over Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) biennial elections is finally over. The managing committee that met yesterday has decided to hold the much-awaited elections on October 18.

Former president Sharad Pawar and former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar, both of whom lost to the Late Vilasrao Deshmukh last time round, are reportedly gunning for the top post. The elections have become a hot topic of discussion ever since the present body ended its two-year term in July.

Sharad Pawar and Dilip Vengsarkar
Sharad Pawar (left) and Dilip Vengsarkar could be vying for MCA’s top post

MCA president Ravi Savant’s ambitious plan of restructuring tournaments received the final nod yesterday. “The final schedule will be released by August 20,” informed MCA joint secretary Dr PV Shetty. 

According to the new structure, the season will begin from September 7 and all tournaments will be played on a league basis wherein every club/team will be assured of playing a fixed quota of matches.

Meanwhile, the City Civil Court yesterday adjourned the case of Prof Ratnakar Shetty to August 28. Shetty, a former vice-president of the association, has dragged MCA to court seeking to overturn a five-year ban imposed on him by the body.

At the last Annual General Meeting in March Shetty had alleged that some MCA officials had indulged in the black marketing of 150 tickets of the India-Pakistan T20 tie in Ahmedabad last December. Shetty however, later denied making any such accusations, Despite this, he was subsequently banned by the Mumbai Cricket Association. 

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