The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) has responded to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) directives by amending its Constitution and bringing it in line with the new BCCI Constitution that was endorsed by the Supreme Court order of August 9. The VCA was put in the ‘partially compliant’ category in the Tenth Status Report submitted by the CoA to the Supreme Court in late October. The BCCI’s new Constitution, prepared by the CoA, is based on the bylaws written by the Justice Lodha Panel.
The VCA executive committee, on Monday (November 19), adopted resolutions giving effect to the suggestions made by the CoA, mainly on the composition of the Executive Committee.
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The VCA had adopted most of the Lodha Reforms in September 2016, but did not accept the nine member Apex Council format of Executive Committee. The SGM held more than two years ago, authorised its EC to amend the Constitution on the basis of the Supreme Court decision.
“That’s what we have done. We have submitted the amended constitution to the Registrar of Societies and are likely to get the certified copy on November 26. We have also informed the BCCI,” said VCA President, Anand Jaiswal.
At the last elections (held in 2016), the VCA elected five office-bearers, six EC members and nominated a male and female cricketer to the EC, which added upto 13 members in the EC.
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Following the amendment, the VCA will take resignations from five EC members. “There is no clarity on who will nominate the player representative in the State EC. We don’t know whether the national players association, whenever it is formed, would nominate a male and female player of the State to the VCA EC,” said Jaiswal.
The ninth member of the EC would be the representative of the State AG’s office.
The Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) has also agreed to make small changes pointed out by the CoA. “I am told that the lawyers are working on it,” said, former BCCI and SCA Secretary, Niranjan Shah.
In its Tenth Status report that highlighted the compliance aspect, the CoA had put Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Goa, Maharashtra, Bihar, Bengal, Chhatisgarh, Manipur and Vidarbha in the ‘partially compliant group’ and Andhra, Assam Baroda, Mizoram, Puducherry, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Mumbai, Odhisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Saurashtra, Sikkim,Tripura and Uttar Pradesh, in the `substantially compliant group.’
The CoA also said that Gujarat, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Haryana, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh have not submitted compliance certificates.
In its report, the CoA had told the Supreme Court that BCCI members not making the amendments as per its directives and as per the New Constitution would have its voting rights automatically suspended at the next AGM.
The CoA is likely to submit the 11th Status Report, with its observations of what has happened in the last one month on the compliance matter.
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