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CoA asks states to furnish names of their members

CricketCoA asks states to furnish names of their members

NEW DELHI: In a decision which could have a far-reaching implications in ensuring transparency and also curb the malpractice of proxy voting, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has sent out an email to all state affiliated units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to upload the name of all the general body members of the associations and also hand over the lists to CoA chairman Vinod Rai by August 8.bcci-logo

Sources in the BCCI said that this decision was taken by the CoA to ensure that those state associations, which have less than 50 members, are not able to form a coterie and run the association with their dummy candidates.

States like Saurashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra are run by small groups of persons and associations like Delhi are run by proxies. Even the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) is plagued with the issue of people owning multiple clubs and thereby creating a lobby which dictates terms.

The CoA wants to know how the state associations are being run and to bring in some clarity on the operations of the states. This is in fact a reality check and could throw up a lot of skeletons.
“The basic purpose of sending out the mail is to ensure that nepotism is checked. There are several members who are blatantly promoting their own relatives and friends to the detriment of the association. This is turn has fuelled a lot of financial corruption as crores of rupees have been siphoned off in various scams. Hence, it is the duty of the CoA to keep track of how the units of the BCCI are functioning. Some of the state bodies are very close to the current set of officials in the BCCI,” a top board functionary told TOI on Wednesday.

It remains to be seen how the state associations react to this diktat of the CoA.

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