Saurashtra Cricket Association has a change of heart

The association amends constitution to CoA’s satisfaction.

The Saurashtra Cricket Association has amended constitution to CoA’s satisfaction.   -  KR Deepak

Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA), which was against the Justice Lodha Cricket Reforms for a long time, has amended its Constitution to the satisfaction of the Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Clearly there has been a change of heart among the administrators after the Supreme Court order of August 9, that had virtually endorsed the Draft Constitution submitted by the CoA.

One of the casualties of the Lodha reforms was Niranjan Shah, the former BCCI secretary and a long-serving secretary of the SCA. The age cap of 70 has disqualified him.

“I do not hold any position in the SCA now, but when the present secretary (Madhukar Worah) asked for my advice, I had a few things to say. Many aspects of the new BCCI Constitution are impracticable.

“The State has to run cricket on a daily basis and develop infrastructure. SCA appears to have incorporated most of the operative points in the new Constitution. SCA can take up some matters with the Supreme Court later,” said Shah.

The CoA met at the Cricket Centre here on Tuesday (September 25) and examined the amended Constitutions submitted by a number of the BCCI members.

The Supreme Court has asked the CoA to submit a Status Report, detailing the responses to its August 9 order that demanded the Registrar of Societies in Tamil Nadu to register the new BCCI Constitution and also asked the BCCI members to amend its Constitution in terms with the BCCI’s, and register it with the local authority concerned.

The BCCI’s legal cell will further engage in analysing the documents submitted by the BCCI members before the CoA is able to submit a Status Report. This could happen only after new CJI Ranjan Gogoi takes oath on October 3.

The CoA has scheduled its next meeting in Hyderabad on October 10 and 11.