The Tripura Cricket Association (TCA) and the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) have become the first full members of the BCCI to adopt the recommendations of the Lodha Committee, in separate special general meetings held on September 29 and 30 respectively.
This development could affect the BCCI, which has been resolutely opposing the Lodha Committee’s recommendations and had failed to meet the first deadline of September 30. The board could not reach a decision at an emergent special general meeting on Friday and will reconvene again on October 1 to discuss the issue.
On Thursday, the TCA had “unanimously” decided to amend its constitution in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee appointed by the Supreme Court.
In an email to the Lodha Committee, TCA secretary Sourav Dasgupta said: “The house after discussions passed a resolution unanimously to implement the recommendations made for state association by the Supreme Court committee and a proposed draft of amendment made and passed for further necessary action with Register of Societies, Government of Tripura, under Registration Act, 1860.”
Then on Friday, at the VCA’s SGM in Nagpur, 727 out of the 730 members voted in favour of a new constitution in line with the Committee’s recommendations.
The VCA, in a media release, had stated that the sole item on the agenda for the SGM was to “consider and approve” the proposed new constitution of the Association as per the recommendations of Lodha Committee. “Total 730 votes were polled out of which 727 voted in favour of the proposed amendments whereas 3 members voted against the amendments,” the release said. “Therefore the proposed amendments to the Constitution of VCA were passed by a thumping majority.”
The release stated that members had asked VCA president Prakash Dixit why the new constitution was being adopted when the BCCI and most of the full members had been resisting the move since the Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of the Committee’s recommendations on July 18.
“After detailed discussions on the issue it was unanimously decided that the recommendations now having been approved by the Supreme Court the same are binding on us and whether right or wrong, whether we agree or disagree we have to respect the decision of the Honorable Supreme Court and implement the recommendations,” the VCA said.
A new executive committee of the Vidarbha association will be elected by November 15, the deadline set by the Lodha Committee, and the new administration will conform to the rules and the eligibility criteria specified by the three-member panel. The new VCA executive will comprise the president, a vice-president (previously two), a secretary, a joint secretary (earlier two), a treasurer, five executive members (earlier seven) with one member elected from the clubs (earlier five).
“The criteria for an Office Bearer or the member of the managing committee / Executive committee or to the selection Committee will be as per the recommendations of the Lodha Committee,” the release stated. “Those who have attained the age of 70 years or declared insolvent or of unsound mind, or holds any post in any other sports or athletic association or federation and also those who have completed nine years in office for a cumulative period of 9 years will be ineligible to hold any post in the association. Further a Minister or a government servant will be ineligible to hold any post in the Association.”
The executive committee will also include a male and a female cricketer nominated by the players’ association, and a nominee from the state accountant general’s office. The men’s. women’s and junior selection panels will be trimmed from the existing six selectors to three, as recommended by the Committee. The VCA has also decided to hold its annual general meeting during the first weekend in December going forward.