October 3, 2023

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Maharashtra hasn’t received the Ranji Trophy for ages now; my aim is to make sure our crew wins’: MCA president Rohit Pawar

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Maharashtra hasn’t won the Ranji Trophy for ages now; my goal is to ensure our team wins’: MCA president Rohit Pawar

Grand-nephew of Nationalist Congress Party’s chief Sharad Pawar, Rohit Pawar, was just lately elected unopposed as Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) president. The 37-year-old is an MLA from Maharashtra and spoke to The Indian Express, about his plans for cricket within the state, and on whether or not cricketers ought to take up administration in addition to if politicians must enter cricket.


Your nomination as Maharashtra Cricket Association’s president got here out of the blue?
I got here into politics the identical method, and nobody anticipated me to enter politics. Sometimes it is very important do surprising issues. As far as this MCA election is anxious, it was surprising, I like cricket and am fond of it. I spoke to (Sharad) Pawar sahab, it was my determination to return into it. Then he mentioned, it will be determination, he confirmed us the best way.

Were you in two minds whether or not that is the correct time or not?
I’m not somebody who’s in two minds whereas making a choice. When I believed I wanted to enter politics, I bought into it. Similarly, in cricket, once I felt I wanted to enter, I simply did.

Does having the Pawar surname include baggage and expectations?
Having the Pawar surname offers us a imaginative and prescient. He did loads for Mumbai Cricket Association. He did a lot for different sports activities too like wrestling, kabbadi. He constructed infrastructure and gave alternatives to gamers. I cannot name it a baggage.

You should have recognized areas you wish to work on?
We want to extend the Gahunje stadium capability, however there have been too many authorized points which we have to kind out. Players want infrastructure, be it taking part in cricket particularly throughout monsoon, or their lodging. Be it physiotherapy, or their rehabs. We will likely be taking assist from former gamers and attempt to see that are the areas the place we have to enhance. For me children who’re taking part in ought to get the chance to showcase their expertise. We haven’t received the Ranji Trophy for ages now, my aim is to make sure that our crew wins, going forward. At the identical time a correct cricketing calendar is the necessity. Plus we wish to restart the Maharashtra Premier League. At the identical time we wish to strengthen our ladies’s crew, we want a floor for them too which we’ll search for.

Do politicians make good cricket directors?
Politicians have endurance, we all know which man is sweet for the affiliation and which one is doing politics. We have a knack of understanding which individuals are suited to which job. Everyone has completely different abilities and we all know how and the place to make use of them. Some may have good experience in finance, some have good cricket information. As a politician we’re elected by getting votes of three.5 lakh folks, so we’ve got a knack of understanding issues.

Pawar let cricketers deal with cricket and he dealt with administration’s job. What is your take?
Aisa he hona chahiye. (It needs to be this fashion.) It’s easy, let the cricketers deal with cricket and let the administrator deal with administration jobs. I really feel in the event you assume that you recognize all the pieces then your progress is restricted and if one needs to develop, then people should give significance to these people who find themselves good of their respective subject. Coming from a political background helps to get issues shifting sooner at floor degree. It helps the affiliation additionally as we’ve got contacts and may velocity up issues.

What is the one factor you learnt out of your grand uncle?
Transparency and constructing infrastructure in cricket. Giving a platform to youth to showcase their expertise. It was underneath him that the IPL kicked off. Those who’re retired, use their experience as coach, mentor, selectors or in any position, don’t waste them. Like I wish to see if we may give pension to our gamers who’ve performed lower than ten Ranji Trophy video games. At the identical time we have to have a look at areas the place we are able to present medical assist to gamers, if any insurance coverage could be supplied to the members of the family.

We have too many districts and the quantity is greater. Our focus will likely be on discovering the correct expertise. There are many proficient gamers, particularly in tennis ball cricket. We will inform our districts and golf equipment that in the event that they discover them they have to inform us. We will see who has the potential to play with leather-based balls.

What do you consider politicians from varied completely different events being a part of BCCI?
Politics is not going to mess with cricket. How that’s to be managed, we’ll deal with it.