CoA meets BCCI affiliate units

The meeting between the CoA and BCCI units was largely about accepting the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee.

The CoA met the officials in batches, two in the morning and two later.   -  AFP

Former BCCI president, N Srinivasan, representing Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and former India captain Saurav Ganguly, representing Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), were among administrators meeting the CoA (Committee of Administrators) at the Cricket Centre, Wankhede stadium, on Sunday.

This interaction between state association office-bearers and the CoA was about the acceptance of the Lodha committee recommendations by the units affiliated to the BCCI.  The key issues were the one state-one vote policy, rules regarding eligibility and the formation of the national selection committee.

Srinivasan and Ganguly, also slated to attend the Board’s Special General Meeting on Monday, June 26, did not discuss details of deliberations with the three-member CoA, comprising Vinod Rai, Vikram Limaye and Diana Edulji. “They put forward their points, we put forward ours,” said a member of the Supreme Court-appointed committee. Rai and Limaye did not answer questions posed by the media. “Associations who have reservations can ask their counsel to raise those before the Supreme Court.”

G. S. Walia, Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) secretary, said: “Nobody wants confrontation, every is waiting for the decision.” He was replying to a query about the mood at the meeting between BCCI affiliates and the CoA.

The CoA met the officials in batches, two in the morning and two later. Maharashtra and Gujarat, which have multiple associations and separate teams playing domestic cricket, will be compelled to exercise voting right by rotation. The existing three-member selection committee may revert to five selectors as before.

Eligibility rules recommended by the Lodha committee pertains to the age of the office-bearers and a cooling-off period between two terms. BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, asked if the Indian coach issue arising due to Anil Kumble’s decision to quit post-Champions Trophy was raised, answered in the positive. He did not go in to specifics and said that more clarity on the matter can be provided after the SGM.

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