Sharad Pawar: After guiding how to run country, SC will now decide how to run cricket

Pawar, who was also the former President of International Cricket Council (ICC), did not wish to elaborate on the issue, saying "I don't want to say anything about that. I don't want to face contempt of court."

Sharad Pawar: After guiding how to run country, SC will now decide how to run cricket

NCP leader and former BCCI and ICC president Sharad Pawar has  said the Supreme Court, which has so far been guiding how to run the country, will now decide how to organise cricket. Pawar's remark  tongue-and-cheek remark comes after the SC pulled up BCCI president Anurag Thakur and said he could face perjury charges and if proved could even go to jail.

"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 .


Pawar, who was also the former President of International Cricket Council (ICC), did not wish to elaborate on the issue, saying "I don't want to say anything about that. I don't want to face contempt of court."

It may be noted that the apex court has taken a strong view against Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not implementing the recommendations of the R M Lodha Committee which had recommended sweeping reforms and an administrative shake-up in the troubled BCCI.

Meanwhile , The maratha stalwart Sharad Pawar, who is the current MCA ( Mumbai Cricket Association president)   is mulling stepping down from his post . According to Lodha panel recommendations Pawar does not qualify to continue as per the Lodha Committee recommendations, which say cricket administrators should not be over 70 and must not serve two consecutive terms. The MCA has called an urgent managing committee meeting where the official agenda is to discuss the Supreme Court’s recent observations, which charged the BCCI president of perjury for lying under oath and trying to obstruct the reforms.

Pawar according to reports  does not want to be in the cross hairs of the SC. If Pawar decides to step down it may not be a surprise for the MCA members as he had indicated on more than one occasion – that he would prefer to fall in line with the reforms rather than try and fight the inevitable.