Sandeep Patil’s hopes of entering cricket politics has started with a damp squib as the former Indian batter has lost the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) presidential election to Amol Kale, who was backed by the group of Sharad Pawar and Ashish Shelar, on Thursday.
Kale, who was vice-president in the previous MCA dispensation, understandably had the backing of the ruling BJP party as well, with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assuring the voters of complete support to MCA in favour of Kale’s promotion in the dispensation.
His appointment was fundamentally clear after Shelar, a BJP MLA from Mumbai, was appointed BCCI Treasurer. Shelar was had the major backing to make Kale the next MCA president. Kale ended up getting 183 votes from the 370-vote electoral college whereas Patil managed 158 votes.
However, that doesn’t spell complete doom for the Patil’s group. Even though Sharad Powar supported Kale, Ajinkya Naik, a member form the Patil group, won the secretary election by 286 votes after being backed by Power himself. Neil Savant and Mayank Khandwala contested for the role as well.
Among other appointments, former Ranji player Anand Yalvigi will become the male ICA representative in the MCA’s Apex Council after Balwinder Singh Sandhu withdrew his nomination from the ICA polls. Vihang Sarnaik will become the chairman of the Mumbai T20 League Governing Council after Iqbal Shaikh of the Mumbai Cricket Group, withdrew his nomination.