RM Lodha-led panel had recommended that there would be one cricket association, having full time membership and voting rights in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in one state.(PTI)
RM Lodha-led panel had recommended that there would be one cricket association, having full time membership and voting rights in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in one state.(PTI)

RM Lodha panel’s one-state, one-vote policy may be reconsidered: Supreme Court

A Supreme Court bench indicated that it may re-consider the one-state, one-vote policy for cricket bodies of Maharashtra and Gujarat as they have played a historic role in the game and cannot be left out. Most of BCCI’s state bodies have rejected RM Lodha-led panel’s one-state, one-vote policy
Press Trust of India, New delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2018 11:54 PM IST

The vexatious recommendation of Justice RM Lodha panel on one-state, one-vote policy may be reconsidered by the Supreme Court which said it may look at the only aspect relating to loss of full-time membership of some cricket bodies.

One of the Justice Lodha panel’s recommendations, which was later approved by the apex court in its 2016 verdict, was that there would be one cricket association, having full time membership and voting rights in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in one state.

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This had led to the loss of permanent membership and voting rights to iconic bodies like Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), Cricket Club of India (CCI), Vidarbha Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association and Saurashtra Cricket Association. These bodies are in Maharashtra and Gujarat respectively which have separate permanent membership of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said so far as the one-state, one-vote policy with regard to north-eastern states was concerned, it will not be re-considered.

Likely reconsideration

However, the bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, indicated that it may consider the aspect of the cricket bodies of Maharashtra and Gujarat as they have played a historic role in the game and cannot be left out.

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“So far as eastern states are concerned, you cannot deny them (the right)...we are on the principle of inclusion,” it said.

The apex court, meanwhile, asked the state cricket associations and BCCI office-bearers to give suggestions on the draft constitution for the apex cricket body to senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who is assisting it as an amicus curiae, before May 11, the next date of hearing.

It said the draft constitution has to be in tune with the Lodha panel recommendations and its verdict. The draft would be finalised by the court and be binding on the BCCI.

However, it clarified that its order on the petitions seeking recall of the 2016 verdict would deal with the validity of the draft constitution.

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The court also said that while finalising the BCCI constitution, it may not restrict the number of national selectors to three and impose the eligibility criteria that selectors have to be test players.

The bench then referred to several names of eminent cricketers of the past like Padmakar Shivalkar and Rajinder Goel who could not play tests, but had loath of experience.

The bench also considered the statement of amicus that the state cricket associations should not be allowed to hold elections till the apex court gave a quietus to the case after implementation of the verdict and the Lodha panel recommendations.

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