S. K. Wankhede was a renowned Indian politician and lawyer who also served as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from 1980 to 1983. He was the first deputy speaker of the Bombay Legislative Assembly.
S. K. Wankhede was born on Thursday, 24 September 1914 (age 73 years; at the time of death) in Kohali, Kalmeshwar, Nagpur, Maharashtra. His zodiac sign was Libra. After completing his schooling at a local school in Nagpur, S. K. Wankhede went to England to pursue Law.
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Grey
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S. K. Wankhede was born and raised in Nagpur, Maharashtra. He earned a part of his college education from local colleges in Maharashtra, and to pursue higher studies, S. K. Wankhede went to England and studied law. He practised law at Nagpur after returning to India. In the 1940s, he joined politics, and once, he was jailed for participating in the Indian Independence movements. S. K. Wankhede began serving the Madhya Pradesh State assembly in 152. He worked as the deputy speaker of Bilingual Bombay State from 23 November 1956 to 5 April 1957. In 1957, S. K. Wankhede served the Kalmeshwar constituency in Bombay State for a year. He served the Maharashtra Assembly in 1962 and 1967. He was appointed as the speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from 22 March 1972 to 20 April 1977. He was then appointed as the mayor for Nagpur and served the position for three years. In 1967, at New York City, S. K. Wankhede attended the 22nd session of the United Nations General Assembly as a member of the Indian delegation. He was appointed as the vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 1972 and he served the position till 1980. He was then elevated to the position of BCCI president in 1980 and worked on the position till 1983. He was also associated with the Bombay Cricket Association (BCA) from 1963 till his death.
- The Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Maharashtra was named after him as it was his initiative to build this cricket stadium when there was a disagreement on the allocation of ticket revenues that arose between CCI-owned Brabourne and the Bombay Cricket Association (now named as MCA) in 1973. The test match series between India and England also suffered the consequences of this dispute. S. K. Wankhede was a politician at that time, and he was also handling the position of the secretary of the Bombay Cricket Association. Soon, he announced to build a new stadium which was constructed in six months. On this occasion, he stated about the allocation of profits earned through the tickets in a press conference. He said,
The BCA is the parent body with over 258 clubs affiliated to it. We are promoting cricket in Mumbai and Thane areas. Before the construction of the Brabourne, Bombay Gym used to host international games. Naturally, after the Brabourne was built, all matches were shifted. The Brabourne is owned by a limited company and 80-90 per cent of the profits go to the club. The BCA never got anything out of it.”
In 1975, the cricket test match series between India and West Indies was played in this stadium.
- S. K. Wankhede was also an agriculturist and businessman who served as an Indian politician and the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
- A college named Bar. Sheshrao Wankhede Mahavidyalaya was named after S. K. Wankhede in 1990 to honour his contributions to Indian history.