Mumbai Cricket Association on Thursday named its vice president Ashish Shelar as interim chief to replace NCP leader Sharad Pawar, who had cited his ineligibility to continue as president as he had crossed the age cap of 70 laid down by the Supreme Court in its order based on the Lodha Committee recommendations. Pawar had stepped down from his post on December 17.
"We have today filled up the posts which have become vacant. Mr Ashish Shelar has been made the interim president of the Mumbai Cricket Association as Mr Sharad Pawar has resigned," said MCA's joint secretary, Umesh Khanvilkar after a meeting of the association's managing committee.
Following the elevation of Mumbai BJP chief Shelar to the helm and the other vice president's post lying vacant after the resignation of Dilip Vengsarkar, two new vice presidents have been nominated, said Khanvilkar.
"Mr Pankaj Thakur and Mr Vinod Deshpande (both managing committee members) are the two new vice presidents," said the MCA joint secretary.
"All these posts will be there till our next elections. We had to take these decisions and forward the same to the BCCI," said Khanvilkar.
He also said that the constitution committee of the MCA is already in the process of redrafting the old constitution to conform it with the Lodha Committee's reforms which have been upheld by the apex court of the country.
"The process is already on. We will change the constitution once the constitution committee completes its task and a meeting (Special General Meeting) is convened," he added.
(With inputs from PTI)