Cricket

BCCI state associations seek Amicus Curiae intervention after CoA mandates new tenure clause ahead of elections

  • Press Trust of India
  • September 18th, 2019
  • 12:19:23 IST

New Delhi: The upcoming elections in more than 30 BCCI state units have run into rough weather after they were asked to follow a fresh clause on tenure of officials by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which might leave a major chunk of members without voting rights.

Representational image of BCCI. AFP

Representational image of BCCI. AFP

The elections are scheduled to be held on 28 September but there could be a change of schedule after the CoA asked the state units ensure that the six-year tenure cap for officials included the time spent by them in the working committees of the respective bodies.

The officials are required to serve a three-year cooling off period at the end of their respective tenures.

With the period spent in Working Committee also factored in, a Board source said that most associations could end up losing more than 80 percent of their voting members.

This includes the likes of Sourav Ganguly, who heads the Cricket Association of Bengal, and Gujarat Cricket Association Joint Secretary Jay Shah.

"Both Sourav and Shah have 10 months left as per the six-year tenure clause. But working committee tenure rules them out immediately. Does CoA really intend to hold elections or delay it? We had put processes in place. What do we do now?" asked a former BCCI secretary and state unit veteran while talking to PTI on conditions of anonymity.

It is learnt that more than 10 state units have approached Amicus Curiae PS Narsimha seeking his intervention and directions on the issue. At least 25 state units have already set the ball rolling for elections and the new directive is threatening to cats a shadow on the proceedings.

"At least 10 state units have contacted Amicus and we want a quick solution as we want to have elections. But if working committee is factored in, we would have to a draw a fresh voters' list," he said.

The CoA directive is not a part of the original recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee. State units claim to be under the impression that the tenure will only be calculated for the office-bearers (President, Secretary and Treasurer).

When Justice Lodha was contacted by PTI, he side-stepped the query.

"We were given a task by the Supreme Court and we did our job. It is not for me to comment how it will be interpreted," Justice Lodha said.

It is expected that some state associations will seek a stay order on the proposed October 22 BCCI elections if this new clause is not revoked.

Updated Date: September 18, 2019 12:19:23 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

South African cricket in danger of ban as government threatens to intervene in board's matters
First Cricket News

South African cricket in danger of ban as government threatens to intervene in board's matters

In a strongly-worded statement, Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa set a deadline of 27 October for CSA to provide him in writing with reasons why he should not "exercise his right to intervene".

Gautam Gambhir turns 39: Wishes pour in for 2011 World Cup winner
First Cricket News

Gautam Gambhir turns 39: Wishes pour in for 2011 World Cup winner

After retirement from cricket, Gambhir joined Bharatiya Janata Party and became a member of Lok Sabha after winning in the 2019 general elections from East Delhi constituency.

PCB seeks ICC’s assurance on Pakistan team getting visas for 2021 T20 World Cup in India
First Cricket News

PCB seeks ICC’s assurance on Pakistan team getting visas for 2021 T20 World Cup in India

PCB chief Wasim Khan then clarified that it's only fair that there is a time-frame for such a deadline, which they've set for January 2021.