Maharashtra Cricket Association set to defy CoA directive

Despite being asked to defer the election until the CoA lawyers approve of the amended rulebook of MCA, the association has decided to go ahead with the election.

File photo of Vinod Rai at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.   -  PTI

The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) is in a mood to take the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) which is supervising the BCCI management with regard to the state association's scheduled election on May 2. Despite being asked to defer the election until the CoA lawyers approve of the amended rulebook of MCA, the association has decided to go ahead with the election.

The MCA on April 7 in a special general meeting amended its memorandum of association and incorporated all the musts prescribed by the Lodha Committee report, part of the Supreme Court verdict in July 2016 pertaining to introducing administrative reforms. As per the resolution passed, MCA secretary Riyaz Bagwan had to call election within a month. Bagwan, as a result, issued the election circulation in local dailies on April 8, confirming the election date as May 2.

However, the CoA is understood to have sent a communication to MCA on Thursday, asking them to halt the election until the CoA's legal consultants ratify the new rulebook. Interestingly, the CoA letter was addressed to Abhay Apte, who was the president when the MCA adopted the new rulebook and dissolved the managing committee and was also marked to the MCA.

“The CoA has asked for a copy of the amended constitution and we don't have any problem with it considering they are the managing authority of the BCCI. At the moment, we have sent the amended constitution to the charity commissioner to get it registered. Once we get the ratified copy, we shall immediately forward it to the CoA,” Bagwan told Sportstar on Saturday.

“We are confident of having included all the requisite changes sought as per the legal directives, so we have decided to go ahead with the election process since it's already been initiated.”