Sharad Pawar step down as president of Mumbai Cricket Association

Sharad Pawar on Saturday stepped down as president of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in light of the Supreme Court judgement on the Justice Lodha Committee report.

Sharad Pawar step down as president of Mumbai Cricket Association

Sharad Pawar on Saturday stepped down as president of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in light of the Supreme Court judgement on the Justice Lodha Committee report.

MCA Joint Secretary PV Shetty said that Pawar had called a meeting of the managing committee for the purpose. Pawar, 76, has said that his resignation would be necessary if the MCA is to accept the Lodha reforms, which does not allow individuals beyond 70 years of age to hold an official post in a BCCI affiliated organisation.


In June 2015, Sharad Pawar was re-elected as Mumbai Cricket Association president for the third time. He had served as BCCI president from 2005 to 2008. He was also the president of the International Cricket Council (2010-2012).

Sharad Pawar, on Friday, in tongue-and-cheek remarks had said the Supreme Court, which has so far been guiding how to run the country, will now decide how to organise cricket.

Supreme Court passing judgement on the Justice Lodha Committee report had said: any elected Councillor shall stand automatically disqualified after nine years as an office-bearer, and shall also be disqualified from contesting or holding the post if he has completed the age of 70 years, is charged under the penal law, is declared to be of unsound mind, is a Minister or government servant or holds any post of another sports body in the country.

Sharad Pawar falls under both categories.

Pawar’s resignation was hardly 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.