Pawar yet to decide on contesting MCA polls

Updated: 02 July 2011 22:02 IST

Incumbent Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that he was yet to take a call on contesting the upcoming MCA polls and that he would announce his decision at an appropriate time.

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Incumbent Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that he was yet to take a call on contesting the upcoming MCA polls and that he would announce his decision at an appropriate time.

"There is still time for it. I will let you know about my decision at the right time," he told reporters here.

"I have not filled my nomination form as yet. I have not decided on whether I'll contest the election (for another term as president of MCA)," he added.

On Shiv Sena declaring its support for his rival Dilip Vengsarkar, the NCP chief said he always tried to keep politics away from sports administration.

Pawar said, "I have been associated with many sports associations. I have been the MCA chief, BCCI president as well as the ICC chief. I have always believed that political ideologies should be kept aside from sports administration."

He added that prior to him, Manohar Joshi was the MCA president and even he never brought politics into it. "I have worked alongside Joshi, Arun Jaitley, but we have never brought politics into it. I have never interfered in cricket matches. Cricket affairs have been left to the cricketers," he said.

Pawar also recalled that when he became the MCA president, it had liability of Rs 6 crore, but during his tenure, the association hosted the World Cup final, renovated the Wankhede stadium at a cost of over Rs 200 crore, besides having the best indoor facility in the country.

Although Pawar stated that he is yet to decide on contesting the polls, MCA sources, however, insisted that he would contest.

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