Odisha, Bihar, Uttarakhand yet to submit registered Constitution

Odisha, Bihar and Uttarakhand associations have been told to submit their registered Constitution to the BCCI by 5 PM on October 13.

Vinod Rai visits the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. (File Photo)   -  PTI

While the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has allowed the cricket associations of Odisha, Bihar and Uttarakhand to attend the BCCI AGM/ election in Mumbai on October 23, the three associations have not submitted their registered Constitution to the BCCI.

They have been told to submit their registered Constitution to the BCCI by 5 PM on October 13.

“If these three can be given extra days, the CoA should have given the same to the cricket associations of Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Maharashtra. The CoA should have allowed the three Government departments to attend the AGM and take part in the election. UP should have been allowed a replacement.

"The CoA has not allowed the Manipur CA president who is an MLA, but what about Delhi which  has in its Committee an MLA. The CoA should have done more work on Baroda and Madhya Pradesh,” said an official in the know of things.

The former GM, Game Development of the BCCI, Prof. Ratnakar Shetty was sympathetic to the three Government departments in Railways, Services and Universities.

In a statement he said: “It is indeed very surprising that SSCB, RSPB and AIU shall not be represented at the ensuing AGM of the BCCI. While restoring their full member status the Supreme Court had laid down certain conditions for the eligibility of their representative restricting it to one of their retired cricketers.”

Furthermore he said: “All the three bodies play an important role in development and promotion of not only cricket, but all other Olympic sports, for men and women. It will be a huge challenge for them to form a player association and then hold elections to choose one representative.”

Prof. Shetty also pointed out a CoA directive. “One must also remember that the COA had issued guidelines that the only player association was the Indian Cricketers Association with each member association being treated as a chapter of this umbrella organisation.

“For AIU to find a representative from among the retired cricketers who played inter university cricket will be a task and I doubt if AIU has records of men and women who played inter university. Every year thousands of them play. RSPB, SSCB and AIU have made substantial contribution to the game and they cannot be overlooked,” he said.