One of the associations that will bear the brunt of Supreme Court verdict accepting all major recommendations of the Lodha Committee on reforms in the BCCI is the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), one of its permanent Test centres.
The Supreme Court today accepted major recommendations of the Lodha panel, including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 from becoming BCCI’s members.
A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice F M I Kalifulla also rejected BCCI’s objection against recommendations for one-state-one-vote and said that states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, having more than one cricket association, will have voting rights on rotational basis.
The decision to bar persons over the age of 70 from holding posts as office bearer in the BCCI will put an end to the reign of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar’s reign in the MCA as he’s crossed the age threshold.
The one state one vote rule will also hit MCA hard as now it will have to play musical chairs with other BCCI affiliates within the state – Mumbai-based Cricket Club of India, Maharashtra Cricket Association and the Vidarbha CA.
The bar on ministers and civil servants could also rule out quite a few current MCA Managing Committee members who are employed with the departments of Customs and Police, according to an MCA source.
“We need clarity on these issues. MCA’s regular monthly meeting has already been scheduled for July 24 and on that day we expect that a date for another meeting will be finalised to discuss the ramifications of the SC verdict,” a source explained.