Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) on Monday put on hold its biennial elections until further orders from either the BCCI or the Justice R M Lodha Committee, paving the way for current office-bearers to continue in their posts.
The decision taken at the association’s annual general meeting (AGM) comes against the backdrop of Lodha panel recommending suspension of elections, and the Madhya Pradesh high court rejecting MPCA members’ plea seeking a stay on the suspension.
Chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia, president Sanjay Jagdale, secretary Milind Kanmadikar, vice presidents Ashok Jagdale, Dr MK Bhargava and Narendra Hirwani and treasurer Pravin Kasliwal will remain in place until new office bearers are elected as per the association’s constitution.
Other crucial matters, including annual budget report, formation of ethics and code of conduct committee, appointment of ombudsman were discussed at the one-and-a-half-hour long AGM attended by over 170 individual members and representatives of institution members.
Addressing reporters, Scindia said the current managing committee and office bearers will continue “till we get clear orders either from BCCI or Justice Lodha committee”.
On the tentative period of extension, Scindia said the Lodha committee has given six months to BCCI and around one year for state associations for implementation of its recommendations.
On the formation of ethics and code of committee, Scindia said it is just an extension of the disciplinary committee.
“Recently, we saw the necessity to maintain discipline in the association. The committee not only helps achieve our goal, but will also strengthen discipline,” he said.
On the termination of some members, the chairman said, “For us, the association is like a family and every member has a right to put their views before us, but it should be in a proper manner and it should not disturb the association’s discipline.”
“We need people with positive mindset,” he said, adding that the disciplinary and ethics committee will take action against violators.
The Supreme Court had on July 18 ordered the BCCI to implement Lodha panel recommendations which included putting on hold elections of the board and state associations and banning the holding of dual posts by a member, among others. The cricket associations of Karnataka, West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir had earlier postponed their elections following BCCI’s instructions.