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DDCA’s take on Lodha Committee reforms runs into controversy

DDCA official claimed that no discussion took place among office-bearers on February 17, as claimed by DDCA vice presidents CK Khanna and Chetan Chauhan.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2016 12:59:32 pm
Lodha panel, lodha committee, lodha, lodha recommendations, lodha cricket, bcci cricket, cricket bcci, india cricket, cricket india, cricket news, cricket Members of the Lodha committee with the copy of their reports in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

The managing committee meeting at which ‘observations’ were made by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on the Lodha Committee report — which was forwarded to the BCCI on Wednesday — never happened, according to the state association’s club secretary, Sunil Jain. On Thursday, Jain who is an executive committee member, shot off a letter to top BCCI officials and Justice (retired) Mukul Mudgal stating no managing committee exists in the DDCA. Moreover, Jain also claimed that no discussion took place among office-bearers on February 17, as claimed by DDCA vice presidents CK Khanna and Chetan Chauhan.

“I have received a copy of the DDCA’s so called managing committee’s comments on Lodha committee report. Firstly, no such managing committee exists and, secondly, no meeting was held nor any discussion took place on the report on 17th Feb 2016. Thus, at best it only represents the views of the two signatories to the letter Mr. C.K Khanna and Mr Chetan Chauhan,” Jain wrote in an email to Mudgal, which he said he also has forwarded to BCCI president Shashank Manohar and secretary Anurag Thakur.

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Jain’s statement was backed by Dinesh Saini (joint secretary, company affairs). “I don’t know who has formed this managing committee. The executive committee was not informed about the formations of this so-called management committee. No meeting, where the DDCA’s members discussed Lodha Committee report, has taken place. These are just the views of Chetan Chauhan and CK Khanna and not of the DDCA. I am writing a letter to the BCCI tomorrow to give them a clear picture as to what is happening in the DDCA. The Lodha Committee has called for reforms in cricket, but there is no transparency in the DDCA,” Saini said.

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A letter dated February 17, 2017 addressed to BCCI secretary Thakur, signed by Khanna and Chauhan, stated: “The management committee of the DDCA met on 17th February 2016 specifically to review and deliberate on the various observations of the Lodha Committee.”

The letter has raised objections to certain reforms which the Lodha Committee had mentioned in its report.

In the letter, it has been stated that the DDCA is a Section 8 company registered under the companies act and is guided and governed by the rules and regulations under the memorandum of articles of the DDCA. “In the given circumstances it will not be possible/practical to make any amendments just for the sake of uniformity,” the letter stated.

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With regard to the Lodha Committee calling for a cap on age and tenure of officials, the letter signed by Khanna and Chauhan states: “The election of office-bearers and directors is through a democratic process as per the constitution of the DDCA. Any limitation on its term is not justified.”

The letter also states that ‘proxy voting’ should be continued as there is a provision for ‘voting’ also. “Even after appointing a person as his proxy, any member of the DDCA can come and cast his vote in person,” the letter said. It also states that the DDCA is opposed to the clause which debars a state association official from holding a BCCI post. Incidentally, Khanna is vice president of the DDCA as well as the BCCI. When asked on Thursday if a management committee meeting had been held to discuss the Lodha Committee’s views on reforms, Khanna refused to comment.

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