THE MUMBAI Cricket Association (MCA) unanimously agreed during their special general body meeting (SGM) on Monday that the ‘one state, one vote’ point in the Lodha reforms was ‘unfair’ to their cause and had the potential to ‘affect their very existence’. The SGM had been called specifically to discuss the impact of the Supreme Court’s order which barred the BCCI from giving money to the state associations till all the Lodha committee recommendations had been implemented. And following a meeting that lasted 45 minutes, the house decided to write to the Indian board requesting them to protect the MCA’s interests and raise the matter with the committee.
“It is hereby resolved that the recommendation of the justice Lodha Committee on ‘One State One Vote’ is unfair to the Mumbai Cricket Association and affects its very existence inspite of its outstanding contribution to the game of cricket. It is further resolved that The Board of Control for Cricket in India should protect the interest of MCA and take up this matter with the Justice Lodha Committee and Supreme Court for recommendation,” read the minutes of the meeting.
Few members though had called for the meeting to be adjourned even before it commenced but some others did insist that they at least discuss the contentious ‘one state, one vote’ reform and its potential repercussions. There were also a few voices of dissent that stated that the Lodha committee’s reforms were no longer recommendations but were part of an order directed by the Supreme Court and that they couldn’t be taken lightly under any premise.
One member in particular, Shripad Halbe, was the most vocal among those questioning the MCA’s decision to challenge the apex court’s order in the Bombay High Court. “It is not easy to criticize the Lodha Committee as it is now a Supreme Court order. As an association, we filed an intervention application. You cannot have a resolution where you reject the Supreme Court’s judgment. You can’t say zindabad, murdabad, this is not the way to deal with Supreme Court judgement,” he told the house during the meeting.
Halbe even went on to use a cricketing analogy to explain his point that you could not treat a Supreme Court judgement based on whether it suited you or not. “If decision is against us then that judge is not nice and if decision is with us then that judge is a nice man. It cannot be like cricketers, if the umpire gives a bad decision then he is a bad umpire, and if he gives a good decision then he is a good umpire,” he added.
MCA president Sharad Pawar, meanwhile, told the house later that the BCCI had sent a circular to all associations asking them for feedback on the Lodha reforms. Pawar added that he would convey the MCA’s unanimous message against the ‘one state, one vote’ reform but do so by explaining the association’s stand and its contribution to Indian cricket over the years.
“We will request the Supreme Court and will try to explain our stand. We are not going to criticise the report. We will request the board to explain to the Lodha Committee, the pride and history of Mumbai cricket and why it is not viable to sustain it if’ one state one vote’ is brought in,” Pawar told the house.
IPL meet today
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