The Mumbai Cricket Association’s emergency managing committee meeting on Sunday turned sour with vice-president Vijay Patil staging a walkout. The meeting, convened to discuss plans for Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test, had to be chaired by one of the two vice-presidents — Ravi Savant or Patil — because president Sharad Pawar was not present. The Bal Mahadalkar group, which swept the recent MCA elections, enjoys a majority in the managing committee, wanted Savant in the chair because he is a former MCA president and long-time MCA office-bearer.
The Cricket First group, represented by Patil and managing committee members Lalchand Rajput (absent), Nadim Memon and Abey Kuruvilla, cited Rule 19(a) of the ‘Memorandum of Association Rules and Bye-laws’. According to this rule, “the president, and in his absence, the senior vice-president will occupy the chair at the meeting of the committee”.
“That vice-president will be regarded senior who is occupying the post for a longer period. In the event of equality of the tenure, the vice-president polling higher votes shall be regarded as senior.”
“Patil was first elected vice-president in 2011. He was re-elected on October 18. Savant was treasurer when he won the presidential bi-elections following Vilasrao Dehmukh’s demise. So going by the rule book, Patil should have been in the chair. Also, Patil polled 200-plus votes in these elections. Savant got just about 150,” a source said. “The Cricket First group will approach Mr Pawar now,” he added.