Dr. Vijay Patil likely to be elected MCA President

Dr. Vijay Patil, a Trustee and President of the Dr. D.Y. Patil Sports Academy, is likely to be elected unopposed as President of the Mumbai Cricket Association.

Dr. Vijay Patil was the MCA Vice-President from 2013 to 2015.   -  Special arrangement

Dr. Vijay Patil, a Trustee and President of the Dr. D.Y. Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai, is likely to be elected unopposed as President of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

Dr. Patil, who was instrumental in building the multi purpose sports stadium in Nerul and where the 2008 IPL final was played, had lost to Sharad Pawar by a small margin at the MCA election of 2015.

He was the MCA Vice-President from 2013 to 2015. The 53-year-old Dr. Patil resigned as Chairman of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) in order to be free of any conflict and take part in the MCA election to be held on October 4.

A group that backed Pawar for a number of years, firmed up their choice of Dr. Patil, after former India player Sandeep Patil was ruled out because of Conflict of Interest (COI) issues.

The former MCA President, Ashish Shelar, and now the State Sports Minister and the former influential office of the MCA, Dr. P. V. Shetty, took their group into confidence before choosing Dr. Patil for the top MCA job. He was also the first choice of former MCA, BCCI and ICC President, Pawar.

Representatives of 211 maidan clubs, 98 office clubs and 41 school and college clubs form the electoral strength of the MCA AGM and election.

The nominations for the Apex Council opened at 6 P.M on Monday (September 30) and it will close at 6 P.M on Tuesday (October 1). After scrutiny and withdrawal, the final list of candidates will be announced on Thursday (October 3).

The electoral officer of the election is 90-year-old, D.N. Chaudari, the former State Election Commssioner and former Chairman of the State Law Commission.