KCA accepts Lodha reforms, Mathew resigns

The Lodha committee says the cumulative duration of an office-bearer’s post in a cricket association should not exceed nine years.

T.C. Mathew's resignation is in line with Lodha reforms, which doesn't allow an office-bearer for more than nine years.   -  H.VIBHU

With the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) passing a resolution that it would follow the Lodha reforms fully at its recent central council meeting, former KCA president T.C. Mathew has resigned as the secretary of the Idukki District Cricket Association.

The Lodha committee had said that the cumulative duration of an office-bearer’s post in a cricket association should not exceed nine years and hence Mathew had to resign from the district association’s post. However, he will continue as the vice-president of the national body BCCI.

“Since we are hosting the T20 international in November (versus New Zealand in Thiruvananthapuram on November 7), we had asked for some funds from the BCCI. The CoA (the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators to run cricket) then sent us a letter and a resolution, which said that we would follow the Lodha reforms in toto, and asked us to sign and send it,” said Jayesh George, the KCA secretary, on Sunday evening, explaining the sequence of events behind the move.

“And our elections are also due, they were supposed to be held in June but got delayed. Now, they are likely to be held in October. Mathew cannot contest because he would be going past the cumulative nine-year period rule, so he resigned.”

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