Vijay Patil puts 'Cricket First' for MCA polls

Sep 08, 2013, 01:45 IST | Harit N Joshi

Vijay Patil set the ball rolling for the October 18 elections by putting cricket as its top agenda.

Patil, the creator of the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Nerul, unveiled his group members, who will contest for various MCA posts except for the president’s post, under the banner ‘Cricket First’ at the MCA lounge on Friday. 

Vijay Patil
Vijay Patil’s panel being unveiled at the MCA Lounge on Friday. Pic/Atul Kamble

Patil, who created history last time after getting elected for the vice-president’s post independently, explained what made him form a panel in this election. “It’s been a learning curve for me.

I got a first hand experience of cricket administration after getting elected in the last election. I have understood one thing — an individual has many limitations. He requires more support to ensure ideas are implemented. That’s why we decided to form a panel this time,” Patil told reporters.

“Our motto is cricket. And that’s the reason we have not gone after big names. We have taken people (in our panel) who have worked for decades at the grassroot level. We also have a mix of former players who can relate to cricketers’ issues in a better way than anyone else,” he added.

Patil’s group has come out with a booklet that explains their agendas in details from improving facilities for maidan cricketers to the administration of the MCA.
Former India pacer Abey Kuruvilla, who will be contesting for MCA polls for the first time, made his intentions clear to the members.

“I would not hold any MCA selection or coaching post if elected,” declared Kuruvilla, who was a senior selection committee member until his four-year term was abruptly ended once the new committee headed by Sudhir Naik was elected.

“My agenda is welfare of cricketers. I think that’s where I see myself contributing the most for the association if elected,” added Kuruvilla. 

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