The Mumbai Cricket Association, headed by Sharad Pawar, approved on Sunday a Supreme Court verdict on sweeping reforms in the cricket board and its affiliates, and set into motion the process to redraw its constitution to align with the judgment.
“We discussed the Lodha Committee recommendations and the Supreme Court judgment and unanimously approved all recommendations given by the Supreme Court,” said Pawar after the MCA’s managing committee meeting.
Putting to rest speculations that he was quitting his MCA president post immediately, Pawar said the MCA has six months for an overhaul of its constitution.
“Now we will first redraw the constitution, get the draft approved by the managing committee before calling a Special General Meeting to get the amended constitution passed. We have six months’ time,” Pawar said.
“I respect the judiciary and will be happy and contended to retire from cricket administration. As you know during my time in the BCCI (as its president) and MCA, several things have been accomplished in support of cricket,” he said.
As per the judgment, Pawar is on his way out as he has completed the age cap of 70 years and the term cap of nine years cumulatively set for an office-bearer.
Among the most prominent recommendations of the Lodha panel report was to bar ministers and bureaucrats from holding office, at the state or national level.
It also disqualifies those over 70 from holding office, allows only one post per person and restricts each state to one voting member, among other decisions.
“We accept the one state, one vote decision. But we are three associations belonging to Maharashtra state - Mumbai CA, Maharashtra CA and Vidarbha CA. As per the judgment, we have to take turns to be represented in the BCCI.
“When Mumbai gets a chance to be represented, our jurisdiction will extend all over Maharashtra and not confined only to Mumbai and its surrounding areas like Navi Mumbai and Thane as is the case now. We will then have to include players from the rest of Maharashtra in our teams (to be fielded in Ranji Trophy and other tournaments),” the NCP chief said.
“When Maharashtra gets its chance they can include Mumbai players. We need clarification on this point from the BCCI which can then seek the same from the Justice Lodha Committee,” Pawar said.