Hyderabad CA feels short-changed by CoA

The CoA did not inform the HCA in good time that the strength of its apex council can go up to a maximum of 19, including the male and female international cricketers and the representative of the State AG’s office.

The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has every reason to feel short-changed by the BCCI-Committee of Administrators.   -  Getty Images

The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has every reason to feel short-changed by the BCCI-Committee of Administrators. The CoA did not inform the HCA in good time that the strength of its apex council can go up to a maximum of 19, including the male and female international cricketers and the representative of the State AG’s office.

As a result of this laxity on the part of the CoA, the 220 odd members of the HCA will be able to elect only five office-bearers (president, vice-president, secretary, jt. secretary, treasurer) and another member from among themselves at the elections to be held on September 27.

Had the CoA conveyed the outcome of its discussions with the Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae, P.S. Narasimha, to the HCA, its clubs would have had time to amend its constitution, field more candidates for the election and eventually elect 10 more members into the apex council.

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In a communication to the HCA CEO and HCA CoA and copied to the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri September 12, the CoA said: "This is in reference to your email dated 10th September 2019 inviting the attention of the Committee of Administrators, BCCI to a request made on behalf of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (“HCA”) for increasing the number of councillors in the apex council of the HCA to 19.The CoA pursuant to the meetings with the amicus curiae and certain state associations had agreed to have 19 councillors in the apex council of certain state associations on account of administrative considerations.

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”Accordingly, please note that the CoA have no objections if the strength of the apex council of the HCA is amended accordingly in the HCA Constitution. If the said amendment is carried out by the HCA, we request you to kindly send the registered copy of the amended constitution to the CoA BCCI at the earliest.”

The HCA has amended its constitution in terms with the BCCI and as per the directions of the CoA in 2017. It had anapex council comprising nine councillors. But the amended HCA constitution also states that: “These rules and regulations of the HCA shall not be repealed, added to, amended or altered except when passed and adopted by a 3/4th majority of the members present and entitled to vote at a Special General Meeting of the General Body convened for the purpose or at the Annual General Meeting. Any such amendment will not be given effect to without the leave of the Honourable Supreme Court.”

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With the HCA election process set into motion, the electoral officer V. S. Sampath has been advised to proceed under the existing provisions of the constitution. The HCA CoA sent a note to him saying: “The clarification about increasing the number of apex council members could have been issued by the CoA BCCI earlier and the same could have been taken at the AGM of the HCA held on 21st July 2019.”

After the CoA published the Constitution of 28 BCCI members on the board's website, the joint secretary of the HCA, Ajmal Azad raised the issue and from there on the matter was taken up with the BCCI CoA. The CoA has approved the Constitution of Delhi (16 Directors), Punjab (19), Baroda (13), Himachal Pradesh (12). Mumbai has proposed 17 to the apex council, Saurashtra 19, Bengal 19, Maharastra 19, Jharkhand 18 and Uttar Pradesh 19.