S. K. Wankhede

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S. K. Wankhede
Born (1914-09-24)24 September 1914
Nagpur
Died 30 January 1988(1988-01-30) (aged 73)
Mumbai
Occupation Lawyer, Politician
Title President of BCCI
Term 1980-1982
Predecessor M. Chinnaswamy
Successor N. K. P. Salve

Seshrao Krishnarao Wankhede (September 24, 1914 in Nagpur – January 30, 1988 in Mumbai) was a cricket administrator and politician.

Wankhede had his early college education in Nagpur and entered the bar in England. On his return, he started practice in Nagpur. In the 1940s, he entered politics and was jailed for taking part in the Indian freedom struggle.

He was elected to the Madhya Pradesh State assembly in 1952 and served as the deputy speaker of Bilingual Bombay State from 23 November 1956 to 5 April 1957. He was elected from Kalmeshwar in 1957 elections to the Bombay State [1] and in 1962[2] and 1967 to the Maharashtra Assembly.[3] He was the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly between 22 March 1972 till 20 April 1977.[4] Wankhade was also the mayor of Nagpur for three years. In 1967, he was a member of the Indian delegation that took part in the 22nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Wankhede was the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from 1980-81 to 1982-83, and the Vice president from 1972-73 to 1979-80. He led the Bombay Cricket Association from 1963-64 till his death. He also chaired various other sporting bodies. He was an agriculturist and businessman by profession.

The Bombay Cricket Association (BCA) had persistent disputes with the Cricket Club of India over ticketing revenues from Brabourne Stadium, which is owned by CCI. After a particularly bitter dispute in the early 1970s, the BCA decided to build a stadium of its own in Mumbai. Built under his leadership, it is now named after him as Wankhede Stadium, and is a prominent international cricketing venue.

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