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Vijay Patil urges Sharad Pawar not to contest for MCA President post

With two days left for withdrawal of nominations for the Mumbai Cricket Associationpolls, one of the contestants Vijay Patil, has appealed to incumbent MCA and NCP chief Sharad Pawar to withdraw from the contest.

“I have great respect for Sharad Pawar, who has held important positions in political and public life, but the time is upon him to bless my group (Cricket First),” said the outgoing vice president Patil while addressing the 330-odd member club representatives of MCA at Wankhede Stadium.

Patil, as well as Pawar, have forwarded their nominations to contest for the post of the President along with two other candidates belonging to the NCP chief’s group, Ravi Savant and Ashish Shelar.

Patil, who is also the President of D Y Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai which has hosted several IPL games in the past as well as Indian Super League football games, said he respected Pawar for his contribution in public life but felt it was time for others like himself to take over the reins of MCA.

“I have filed my nomination for the post of President, not to contest against him individually, but against a system that’s bereft of ideas and needs out-of-the box thinking on several aspects of running the affairs of cricket in the jurisdiction that comes under the purview of the MCA and the usage of Wankhede Stadium and multi-functional facility,” said Patil.

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