MCA asks CoA for clarification on Ajay Shirke

A member of the Maharashtra Cricket Association has asked the CoA to clarify whether Ajay Shirke, the former BCCI treasurer, can attend the Special General Meeting of the regional cricket board.

Ajay Shirke is the disqualified former treasurer of the BCCI.   -  Vivek Bendre

A member of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has asked the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to clarify if former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke can attend the Special General Meeting (SGM) of the regional cricket board, convened on April 7.

Through a letter to the CoA, MCA member Madhav Ranade has questioned whether Shirke could attend the meeting, claiming the former BCCI official was not an Indian citizen.

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Ranade has raised fears that Shirke is likely to “hijack” the meeting if he was allowed to attend, and wants CoA to send an observer for the meeting. “The MCA has called for a SGM to discuss the new constitution and adoption of the Lodha reforms on April 7. The meeting is likely to cost the association more than ₹2.5 lakh,” Ranade said in his recent letter.

'Would like a clarification'

“I understand that Ajay Shirke is likely to attend the meeting. Does this expense require the sanction of the office of the CoA, I am not sure if we can incur this expense without the permission of the CoA,” he said. “I would like a clarification from your office whether Shirke can attend the meeting, even though he is not a citizen of India. Abhay Apte (MCA president) is still of the opinion that Shirke continues to be a member of the association and remains a voter,” he further said.

This meeting is likely to be crucial as Apte still is of the view that the directive given by the CoA is not binding on the State association, he said in the letter. “In view of the seriousness of the situation, it would be of great help if you could depute a representative from your office to monitor this meeting as Shirke will hijack the proceedings by influencing the district members as they are under his obligation,” Ranade said.

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