Eight full state units disqualified from BCCI AGM

The BCCI electoral officer confirmed that eight state units along with Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Maharashtra have been barred from attending the BCCI AGM.

The BCCI AGM and elections are set to be held on October 23.   -  Getty Images

The BCCI electoral officer, N. Gopalaswami, confirmed on Thursday that the cricket associations of Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Maharashtra have been disqualified from attending the BCCI Annual General Meeting and elections in Mumbai on October 23.

Apart from these three associations, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, Manipur Cricket Association and the three Government members - Services, Indian Railways and All India Universities - do not figure in the final electoral list released for the BCCI AGM/Elections.

Out of the 38 full members, eight will not be part of the meeting, who will have to consider an agenda notified by the Committee of Administrators (CoA).

The situation could change if all the barred state units approach the Supreme Court. However, the reasons for the eight full members being barred from attending the AGM are different.

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According to the CoA the constitution of the three full members - TNCA, Haryana Cricket Association, Maharashtra Cricket Association —  are not in terms with the BCCI’s and hence were disqualified.

Manipur Cricket Association has nominated its president Rajkumar Imo Singh, an MLA and holding public office — immediately came under the disqualification rule of the BCCI constitution. Sources said Rajiv Shukla of UPCA was disqualified because he had served as office bearer of the State until 2017 and hence ought to be in the middle of a three year cooling-off period.

The Supreme Court order of August 9, 2018, while restoring the full membership of Services, Indian Railways and All India Universities, said that the retired players from each of these organisations should elect its representative. Obviously, the electoral officer —- who is assisted by sports lawyer Nandan Kamath — has not found the process followed by these three full members in order.

Another significant part of the election will take place on October 11, 12 and 14 when candidates will file nominations in person. After scrutiny and withdrawal the valid nominations will be announced on October 16.