Ajay Shirke was on Friday appointed as Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA)’s representative for the BCCI meetings.
Sportstar understands that Shirke’s name was proposed during Friday’s managing committee in Pune, which filled up four vacancies of its office-bearers as a fall-out of the Court order on January 2, which was modified on January 3.
A member of the committee confirmed that the new MCA president Abhay Apte is set to formalise the appointment soon. Shirke, however, is understood to have told the committee that he can represent the association at BCCI meetings only if he is available from his business commitments.
It would be interesting to see if the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee, appointed to implement the Supreme Court-directed administrative reforms in Indian cricket, views the appointment in contrast with the Court order.
While the Court order bars Shirke — along with several other State and BCCI officials — to hold any post in BCCI, a MCA managing committee member stated that Shirke as the MCA representative “will not hold any post but only put forth the association’s view to the BCCI.”
Apte, a renowned lawyer, has been one of Shirke’s trusted lieutenants ever since getting into cricket administration not too long ago. He was a member of the BCCI’s legal committee.
Riyaz Bagwan, the new secretary, has been one of Shirke’s most trusted men since the early 2000s. The former left-arm spinner, who played one Ranji Trophy match, has held various responsibilities in the past, including that of India team’s manager for the tour of the West Indies last year.
Bagwan has also served as the MCA’s tournament manager and chairman of the senior selection panel. Having been elevated to the secretary’s post, Bagwan has been immediately relieved of his other responsibilities, with the revised selection panel to be named in a couple of days.
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