State units won’t oppose Lodha recommendations, will follow BCCI plan

  • Jasvinder Sidhu, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 13, 2016 15:17 IST
The BCCI will convene a special general meeting (SGM) on February 19 to deliberate on the Lodha Committee recommendations and its implementations. (PTI Photo)

As the BCCI convenes a special general meeting (SGM) on February 19 to deliberate on the Lodha Committee recommendations, state associations have made it clear that they will not contest the report in court and that the BCCI will take a call on it.

“Whatever objections we have will be discussed in the SGM. The MCA (Maharashtra Cricket Association) is not party to the court proceedings, it is between the BCCI and Supreme Court,” MCA president Ajay Shirke told HT.

The panel has suggested ‘one-state-one vote’ in its report to the Supreme Court, and the MCA is an affected party along with the Mumbai Cricket Association.

Most state associations are concerned by the age restrictions and one-state-one-vote recommendations. It has also suggested that no one above 70 can become a BCCI official.

The apex court has already conveyed to the BCCI that the recommendations are rational and there is no reason to disagree with the committee comprising respected members of the legal community.

On January 7, the BCCI had advised the state units to convene a meeting of their managing committees to discuss the implications of the report. The Board was of the view that some of the recommendations would have far-reaching consequences and could affect the state associations.

Technically, state associations are entitled to file litigations against the Supreme Court’s decision but for that they have to come to the apex court.

The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) too is aware that the three recommendations can affect its administration. “We have conveyed to the BCCI that the three suggestions are not possible to implement. But we will not go in for litigation,” said MP Pandove, PCA secretary.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has also conveyed it concern. “This is a confidential matter. We will discuss it with BCCI in the SGM,” said TNCA secretary Kashi Vishwanath.

The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has already passed a resolution on following the BCCI’s decision on the panel’s recommendations. “The BCCI will make a blueprint which we will follow,” MPCA president Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Thursday.

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