Vilasrao Deshmukh Mumbai Cricket Association's New Chief

Mumbai, July 16 (IANS) Vilasrao Deshmukh, the union minister for science and technology, Friday became the new president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), defeating former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar in a highly-publicised contest.

Deshmukh, a former Maharashtra chief minister, defeated Vengsarkar by a margin of 45 votes in a straight contest.

A vice-president in the outgoing MCA executive committee headed by union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Deshmukh polled 181 votes to Vengsarkar's 136 to win the biennial election.

Deshmukh thus became the third former chief minister after Manohar Joshi (1992-2001) and Pawar (2001-2011) to become the MCA chief.

Pawar's group supported Deshmukh after the agriculture minister was unable to contest as he has changed his permanent residence from Mumbai to his native Baramati and the MCA constitution has a clause that stipulates the candidates be permanent residents of the megapolis.

Prof Ratnakar Shetty and Ravi Sawant from Pawar's group were elected vice-president and treasurer while D. Y. Patil Sports Academy's chairman Vijay Patil, who contested as an independent, became the second vice-president.

The two new joint secretaries, Dr P.V. Shetty and Nitin Dalal, are also from the Pawar panel.


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  • avani, mlore/uae

    Sat, Jul 16 2011

    A legend cricketer lost to a politician to head a cricket body. Where there is money there are politicians. I take this oppertunity to congrtulate Karnataka Cricket Board for having Kumble, Srinath & Venki trio to head the KCB. Logic prevails in Karnataka.

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  • Nisha, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 15 2011

    It is very very sad. Dilip Vengsarkar should have won the election. But because of these politicians dirty game, a true cricket servant lost the battle. I don't understand why politicians contest for sports related academy. They should at least leave that to retired sports persons. Money is the only motive I guess!!

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Fri, Jul 15 2011

    this is very bad... people them self not supporting a sport person then what to tell about ministers? This is an example for MONEY POWER.

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  • Dinesh, USA

    Fri, Jul 15 2011

    Once again it Proved HIGHER SEATS in India is only for Corrupts. Today, Indian Cricket lost it Moral grounds.

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