Tripura Cricket Association opts for nine-member apex council

The Lodha panel had proposed a modest strength for the policy-making apex council at the BCCI and the state level.

There have been reports of the Supreme Court-appointed amicus, senior advocate P. S. Narasimha, having agreed to a proposal from some members to increase the size of the apex council upwards of nine but to a maximum of 19.   -  Getty Images

The Tripura Cricket Association (TCA), the second full member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the Vidarbha Cricket Association to accept the Lodha committee reforms three years ago, has chosen to run its administration with a small apex council of nine members, which it will elect on September 17.

The Lodha panel had proposed a modest strength for the policy-making apex council at the BCCI and the state level.

There have been reports of the Supreme Court-appointed amicus, senior advocate P. S. Narasimha, having agreed to a proposal from some members to increase the size of the apex council upwards of nine but to a maximum of 19.

A TCA member told Sportstar that only 33 representatives comprise its general body and hence the TCA has chosen the option of a small-size council. The council will consist of five elected office-bearers – president, vice-president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer – and another member elected from among the general body.

Since the state doesn’t have international players, one male and female representative each of the cricketers will be inducted into the apex council after the elections. A representative of the state accountant general’s office will be the ninth member.

On Tuesday, electoral officer Kishore Ambuly, a former state election commissioner, announced the list of nominees of 14 clubs, 18 subdivisions of the state, and a life member elected by 230 life members of the TCA.

According to the TCA constitution, 33 representatives are eligible to attend the annual general meeting and take part in the elections, but a tricky situation as arisen with the Sonamura subdivision sending two names: Dhruba Lal Chaudhuri and Pratima Bhoumik (Lok Sabha member of the Bharatiya Janata Party). The electoral officer has said that in the event of an election, their votes will be kept in a sealed cover.

Ambuly has also noted that “the candidate and proposer must be a member of the general body of the TCA as per the final list.”