CoA: Six associations not in consonance with BCCI constitution

The associations have also not named an electoral officer as per the CoA directions.

The CoA is proceeding to schedule the long overdue BCCI AGM and election on October 22.   -  PTI

The Cricket Associations of Mumbai, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Bengal are not among the 26 associations that have been deemed to be in consonance with the new BCCI constitution by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

The associations have also not named an electoral officer as per the CoA directions. The CoA had extended the final date to name the electoral officer to August 5.

A high number of these associations believe that the Supreme Court is yet to give clarity on a number of issues relating to governance and the rights of international players, especially allowing them to take part in the general meetings of the State and to vote.

The former BCCI secretary, Niranjan Shah, said: “The apex court has to clarify its order dated August 9 last year.”

The order says that an individual “who has been an office bearer of the BCCI for a cumulative period of nine years or of a State Association for a cumulative period of nine years shall be disqualified from being an office bearer, a member of the governing council, or any Committee or a representative to the International Cricket Council or any similar organisation.”

Order needed from apex court: Shah

Shah further explained: “The BCCI members are given to understand that it is nine cumulative years at the BCCI and nine cumulative years in the State; in all 18 years. The amicus may have clarified it, but the Supreme Court has to state it in an order because it (the nine-year rule) directly affects the elections of the State Association.”

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Shah was a long-time secretary of the Saurashtra Cricket Association which has become compliant with the BCCI Constitution and hopes that the BCCI AGM will be held on October 22. The CoA believes the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) is partially compliant with the BCCI Constitution registered with the Registrar of Societies, Tamil Nadu, last August. “We are fully compliant with the new BCCI Constitution. We are just waiting for a clarification from the CoA,” said Sudhakar Rao, Secretary, KSCA.

Another issue the six associations are not at all comfortable with is voting rights being given to the retired international players — those who have played for the senior Indian team, men and women.

Interestingly the three associations in the State of Gujarat (Gujarat, Baroda and Saurashtra), and Delhi and Himachal Pradesh are among the 26 members declared by the CoA in New Delhi on Monday as ready for the State elections by September 14. The States have to name the representative to the BCCI by September 23.

While the CoA is proceeding to schedule the long overdue BCCI AGM and election on October 22, most among the six disputing States feel that the Supreme Court has to accept the CoA timelines.