Sharad Pawar steps down as Mumbai Cricket Association president

first_imgVeteran politician Sharad Pawar on Friday resigned from his post as the president of Mumbai Cricket Association. Pawar, according to sources, has decided to step aside as he does not want to draw the ire of the Supreme Court of India.Pawar, who is a Rajya Sabha MP for Maharashtra and also served as president of the International Cricket Council between 2010 and 2012, is actually not eligible to hold his post in the MCA as per the Lodha Committee recommendations, which states that cricket administrators should not be over 70 and must not serve two consecutive terms.Pawar, 76, said in his resignation letter, “Supreme Court order does not allow administrator over 70 years age to be in office. This applies to me so I am resigning.”Also am saddened by SC saying that administrators want to hold on beyond 70 as cricket is lucrative.Abiding by court order is duty of every citizen. So without much deliberation I resign.”Sharad Pawar steps down from the post of Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) President pic.twitter.com/Xsg237povL ANI (@ANI_news) December 17, 2016Pawar had earlier taken a dig at the Supreme Court by saying that the apex court, which has so far been guiding how to run the country, will now decide how to organise cricket.”While I am closely associated with cricket, the matter is in the Supreme court. The Court is now going to decide how cricket will be organised. Till yesterday, they were guiding how to run the country. Now, they are also guiding the sports organisation,” he said while addressing the 89th annual general meeting of industry chamber FICCI in New Delhi.advertisementThe Indian cricket board has been stubborn in its stance by not willing to implement the full recommendations made by the Lodha Committee. The recommendations, if implemented fully, are expected to bring a sweeping change in the way cricket is being managed in India.The apex court had on December 9 adjourned the hearing as court felt that the pollution matter was more important and required immediate hearing.During its last hearing in October 21, the SC restrained from passing an order and allowed the BCCI and state cricket associations more time to implement the recommendations in total. However, BCCI despite many meetings with the associations and SGMs have remained firm on their stance of not accepting the full Lodha recommendations.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more