MCA: Lodha report just recommendatory

The MCA is the first founder member of the BCCI which has convened the AGM after the Lodha Committee recommendations were submitted to the Supreme Court. The AGM will consider and adopt routine matters on the agenda.

The MCA Managing Committee, headed by President Sharad Pawar, had met on January 13 to discuss the Justice Lodha panel's recommendations.   -  PTI

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is unlikely to move a motion proposed by two former Managing Committee members — Shripad Halbe and Ravi Mandrekar — that the Justice Lodha Committee’s recommendations be accepted by the MCA’s 82nd Annual General Meeting on Friday.

The MCA is the first founder member of the BCCI which has convened the AGM after the Lodha Committee recommendations were submitted to the Supreme Court. The AGM will consider and adopt routine matters on the agenda.

In a note addressed to the 329 clubs, the MCA has said: “The Managing Committee has already met on the matter and has, in principle, accepted the suggestions made in respect of transparency and ethics by the Lodha Committee. We have certain points pertaining to issues related to some suggestions of the committee which may directly affect the interest of our association which we need to protect. It must be understood that the Lodha Committee presented their report to the Supreme Court as its recommendation for BCCI.

The BCCI, in turn, has sent the report to us for our views. The Managing Committee, along with the Legal Committee, shall draft an appropriate report and forward the same to BCCI for their consideration. Hence, the Managing Committee is of the opinion that this motion need not be moved at this juncture. The note has been signed by the MCA Jt. Hon. Secretaries, P. V. Shetty and Unmesh Khanwilkar.

Halbe of Oriental Cricket Club and Mandrekar of Gaud Saraswat Cricket Club had proposed to move a resolution, which said: “Resolved that this General Body of Mumbai Cricket Association welcomes all the recommendations of the Lodha Committee appointed by the Hon. Supreme Court of India to improve the functioning of the BCCI and its State Associations.

Further, resolved that this General Body directs the Managing Committee of the Mumbai Cricket Association to implement forthwith all the suggestions/recommendations of the Lodha Committee pertaining to the State Associations.”

The MCA would explain its position to the members, who voted for Sharad Pawar for his sixth two-year term last year, and virtually all of the Pawar-Bal Mahaddalkar Group candidates. It’s possible that some discussion may take place on the Lodha Committee recommendations.

Increase in corpus fund

The MCA Managing Committee has also decided to move a resolution to increase the corpus fund from Rs 5 crore to Rs 25 crore over the next five years, with a rider that each year’s contribution will not exceed Rs 5 crore.

Another resolution proposes to hold an enquiry against Ravi Mandrekar for damaging the good name of individuals and bringing disrepute to the association by way of baseless allegations, and that he be suspended from involving in any manner with the activities of the association till the enquiry against him is completed.

MCA members revealed that a former association president Ravi Savant has asked the MCA management to clarify at the AGM, if film star and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner, Shahrukh Khan, had requested president Sharad Pawar to lift the Wankhede Stadium ban on him and also if the actor has thanked the MCA.

“Ravi (Savant) has also asked the management why the tournament structure was changed and why an inter-office tournament has not received sponsorship money from a media group,” said a full member of the association.

No media access?

The MCA has always allowed the media attend the AGM, but sources said that the media may not be allowed inside the AGM hall at the Wankhede Stadium premises on Friday.