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Kings may end up without their kingdoms in the Lodha Panel reforms

After Lodha panel recommendations, many officebearers in BCCI and state associations are set to lose their roles.

Written by Devendra Pandey , Shamik Chakrabarty | Updated: July 27, 2016 3:22:08 pm
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Mumbai Cricket Association
End of the road: MCA head and former BCCI and ICC president Sharad Pawar is over 70, and has already confirmed he would step down. Vice-president and former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar will go along with joint-secretary PV Shetty and treasurer Nitin Dalal because they have completed nine years in office. Out of the 11 managing committee members, 10 have completed nine years.

“We discussed the Lodha Committee recommendations and the Supreme Court judgment and unanimously approved all recommendations given by the Supreme Court.” – Sharad Pawar

Saurashtra Cricket Association
End of the road: Former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, who governed the SCA for nearly two decades and has been the face of the association. Shah is also over 70 years of age. SCA president Dr Lal J Rathod, two vice-presidents and joint-secretary Madhukar Worah have completed nine years. There’s a possibility though that Shah might prop up his son Jaydev, Saurashtra Ranji team captain, as his successor.

“I’m really disappointed with the order but am assuring that the Lodha Committee recommendations will be implemented. We have many young people who are in the governing council of the SCA. We will give them a chance” – Niranjan Shah

Baroda Cricket Association
End of the road: President Samarjeet Gaekwad and former BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel have completed nine years and are ineligible to make a comeback. Former IPL commissioner Chirayu Amin is gone as well because of the nine-year cap. All 20 members of the BCA managing committee have completed their term.

“We need more clarifications from the BCCI. We have more individual members as a voter than clubs and what about the committee members? Implementing recommendations is not an issue but we need more clarity on certain things and will approach the BCCI” – Snehal Parikh, BCA secretary

Gujarat Cricket Association
End of the road: Amit Shah (in pic), the BJP supremo, has already served seven years as office-bearer at GCA and will have to go for a cooling-off period. Vice-president Parimal Nathani, too, has completed two terms, while Amit Shah’s son Jay has completed two years in his first term. They are restricted by the cooling-off clause. GCA treasurer Dhiraj Jogani has completed nine years, so has secretary Rajesh Patel. Vice-president Kanaiyabhai Contractor has been holding office for more than 10 years.

“We will seek legal opinion before deciding our future course of action” – Rajesh Patel.

Delhi and District Cricket Association
End of the road: Top officebearers Sneh Bansal (DDCA president), CK Khanna (BCCI and DDCA vice-president), Chetan Chauhan (DDCA vice-president), Sunil Dev (Sports Secretary) to go as they have completed nine years at Kotla. 24 DDCA Executive Directors will also end their stint.

“We shouldn’t jump the gun and start vacating our posts. Elections will take place in 3-4 months or whatever is the guideline by the Lodha panel. We know who has completed how many years, and who is how old. So it’s just waiting for outcome of BCCI meeting with the Lodha panel on August 9. We will get some clarity from the board after that.” – SP Bansal

Maharashtra Cricket Association
End of the road:
President Ajay Shirke and secretary Sudhakar Shanbhag have completed 9 years.

“If you read the original Lodha Committee recommendations, one year has been given to state associations. Once the BCCI amends its constitution, and the state associations follow suit, the changes will come into force” – Ajay Shirke

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association
End of the road:
MPCA chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia has completed nine years in office, so has the association president Sanjay Jagdale and another chairman Dr MK Bhargava.

“The recommendations will have effect on me, Dr MK Bhargava (chairman), and Scindiaji (chairman). But it won’t have a major effect on other committees. Problem is that we have many cricketers (in our committees) who are 70-plus and they will have to go after this” – Sanjay Jagdale

Vidarbha Cricket Association
End of the road: President Prakash Dixit has completed nine years. Joint-secretary DW Damle is 70 years old.

“I don’t want to comment anything on the Supreme Court order” – Prakash Dixit

Rajasthan Cricket Association
End of the road: Suspended Rajasthan Cricket Association is chaired by Lalit Modi, who is banned for life by the BCCI. Modi became the RCA president in 2005 and was re-elected in 2013. His re-appointment as the RCA chief saw the BCCI suspend the state association. It’s not clear if Modi’s present term will be counted? There’s a possibility that Modi’s son Ruchir might become the new RCA president.

Punjab Cricket Association
End of the road: MP Pandove, PCA secretary and former BCCI treasurer (over 70 and completed nine years). President DP Reddy is an IAS officer of 1985 batch. Treasurer Viswajeet Khanna, too, is an IAS.

“We are working out kis-kis ke term baaki hai (who will be left to rule). Our executive body is going to meet very soon. We need clarity on some points” – MP Pandove

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association
End of the road: HPCA president Anurag Thakur has ruled the association for over nine years. Six vice-presidents, secretary Vishal Marwaha, treasurer Ashwin Agarwal and three joint-secretaries have been there for nine years as well.

J&K Cricket Association
End of the road: State sports minister Imran Ansari was elected as the association president but the Lodha panel has declared that null and void. Ministers can’t hold office in cricket administration, so Ansari will go anyway. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah is an ordinary member of the association now. He can no longer contest for executive posts as he is over 70 years of age.

Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association
End of the road: IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla has completed nine years at the UPCA. Five directors have passed 70 years of age, while two vice-presidents (they are over 70 as well), two joint-secretaries and the treasurer have completed nine years.

Goa Cricket Association
End of the road: President Chetan Desai and secretary Vinod Phadke have resumed work after being released on bail. But they have completed nine years and will be out. Treasurer Akbar Mulla, another GCA office-bearer who was arrested for alleged fraud, has resigned.

Karnataka State Cricket Association
End of the road: KSCA president PR Ashok Anand is 70-plus. Secretary and former India middle-order batsman Brijesh Patel, two vice-presidents and treasurer Dr Dayananda Pai have completed nine years.

“I’m not going to say anything” – Brijesh Patel

Kerala Cricket Association
End of the road: President TC Mathew, who is also a BCCI vice-president, and secretary TN Ananthanarayanan will have to go. Both have completed nine years in office.

“When Parliament enacts a law it never makes it retrospective. So how come the nine-year cap enforced by the Lodha Committee is retrospective? We need a clarification. What I feel is that this will lead to a crisis. ” – TC Mathew

Andhra Cricket Association
End of the road: BCCI vice-president and ACA secretary G Gangaraju – 70 years of age and completed nine years. Treasurer MA Rahim, too, falls under the nine-year cap. President DV Somayajulu becomes ineligible due to the cooling-off period.

“If the clause is implemented, we will see over 100 people leaving the BCCI and its affiliates. It will have repercussions. I expect the members to raise the topic at the BCCI general body meeting and urge the parent body to discuss it with the Lodha Committee” – G Gangaraju

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association
End of the road: TNCA president N Srinivasan is 71 and has completed nine years. Vice-president PS Raman, secretary Kasi Viswanathan and treasurer VP Narasimhan, too, are holding office for over nine years.

“We thought the nine-year cap would be prospective. But I think the Lodha Committee has issued some clarification. At the end of the day, we don’t have a choice. We have to follow the court order. The only problem will be to bring in the right people within such a short period of time.” – Kasi Viswanathan

“When we meet the Lodha panel, we will ask its members how a person can be retrospectively disqualified. We will also request them to extend the deadline for state associations from one year to two years” – PS Raman

Hyderabad Cricket Association
End of the road: HCA president and former India off-spinner Arshad Ayub have completed nine years. Secretary John Manoj and treasurer R Devraj will have to go for a cooling-off period.

“Nine years is fine. It’s long enough a period to do your job as an administrator. But the cooling-off period — sitting out after just one term — is a concern. This will affect continuity. Also, I’m surprised that the nine-year cap is retrospective” – Arshad Ayub

Cricket Association of Bengal
End of the road:
Treasurer Biswarup Dey has completed a cumulative period of nine years in office. CAB president Sourav Ganguly is into the first year of his presidentship. Before that he worked as a joint-secretary for one year. He is safe.

“I didn’t notice the word retrospective in the court order. Now the Lodha Committee is saying it would be retrospective. We need clarification” – Biswarup Dey

Orissa Cricket Association
End of the road: President Ranjib Biswal (completed nine years), secretary Ashirwad Behera (over 70 years and completed nine years in office) and treasurer Satya Mohanty (completed nine years).

“We are waiting for the BCCI to set the future roadmap” – Ashirwad Behera

Jharkhand State Cricket Association
End of the road: Both president Amitabh Choudhary (BCCI joint-secretary, in pic) and secretary Rajesh Verma will be out as they have completed nine years

“Even when the Lodha Committee interviewed me, I told them the nine-year capping system won’t be a good idea. So I would say the order is rather unfortunate” – Rajesh Verma

Assam Cricket Association
End of the road: New president Himanta Biswa Sarma will be out for being a state minister. Former president Gautam Roy, now a patron, is over 70. One of their joint-secretaries has completed nine years, while vice-president Debojit Saikia is the additional advocate general of Assam. Assistant secretary Sushanta Biswa Sarma is the additional superintendent of police.

Tripura Cricket Association
End of the road: Vice-president Shaktipada Bhattacharya has completed nine years. President Kamal Saha is 70-plus, general secretary Sourav Dasgupta is a public servant, so are joint-secretaries Habul Bhattacharjee and Dilip Sarkar, and assistant secretary Shyamal Debbarma.

Haryana Cricket Association
Prominent faces to leave: President Arvind Chaudhry is about 70 years of age. Secretary Anirudh Chaudhry (BCCI treasurer) will have to go for a cooling-off period.

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