Pawar resigns from BCCI marketing committee

Published: Friday, October 14, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Sharad Pawar has resigned from the Cricket Board's Marketing Committee.

However, there were conflicting reports on why the Union Agriculture Minister and president of the Mumbai Cricket Association resigned from the post.

While a source in the Mumbai Cricket Association said that Pawar, who also heads the Disaster Management Committee, resigned as he could not devote time in view of the earthquake relief work, Raj Singh Dungarpur claimed that the Maratha strongman had quit because the BCCI accounts were not in order.

"Mr Pawar has resigned from the BCCI marketing committee and has sent a letter to this effect. He has said in the letter that because of his busy schedule in the government's disaster management cell he would not be able to devote time to the committee's matters," a source in the MCA told PTI today.

Pawar was not in the orignal Marketing Committee of the BCCI but was inducted into the high-profile panel at the last AGM of the Board in Kolkata which was adjourned last month. Pawar would, thus, not be attending the committee's sitting here on Sunday to be chaired by Board President Ranbir Singh Mahendra.

The committee was expected to open the sealed technical bids received by it for the telecast rights for the next fours years, but has been directed by the Delhi High Court not to disclose the outcome of the meeting following the filing of a petition on the telecast rights issue.

The BCCI was told to inform the outcome to the court on October 19, when the matter would come up for further hearing.

Dungarpur also claimed that N Srinivasan, another member of the Marketing Committee who is known to be in the anti-Dalmiya faction, has also resigned but it could not be confirmed.

Srinivasan is currently in Geneva on a private visit and will return only on October 17, which means he will also miss the Commitee's meeting on Sunday.

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