CoA wants to grant voting rights to former international players

If the missive is to go by, then the Cricket Association of Bengal and Mumbai Cricket Association will have to overhaul their structure.

In the CAB, it is the clubs and the districts that have the voting rights, while MCA only has clubs. (Representational Image)   -  G.P. Sampath Kumar

The Committee of Administrators (CoA), on Monday, sent an email to the state associations, asking them to have former India international cricketers in their electoral list.

In the letter, a copy of which is with Sportstar, the CoA has made it ‘mandatory’ for all the state associations to grant membership and voting rights to all the former India cricketers — men and women — hailing from the state.

If the missive is to go by, then the Cricket Association of Bengal and Mumbai Cricket Association will have to overhaul their structure. At the moment, none of the two associations have individual voting system. While the CAB has voting rights for the clubs and districts, the MCA only has rights reserved for the clubs.

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The letter also states that a ‘member of a state unit can approach the high court for appointment of an administrator, in case the present incumbent has completed his term.’

The CoA has also asked all the administrators of the state associations to remain in charge till a new constitution is adopted. This is significant for the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association, where Justice (Retd) Vikramjit Sen is in charge. He will now be in charge even after the state association conducts elections on June 30. It is a similar story for Hyderabad Cricket Association, MCA and Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association.

This, however, has not gone down well with the member associations, who feel this is against the constitutional right to form an association as per the Constitution. “This means the entire process could get messy again. Preparing a list of cricketers and then making join is a long process,” a member of a state unit told Sportstar.

The CoA has also instructed the units to provide it with a full list of former India internationals, who are eligible voters.