India vs Australia: Despite being in deep debt, MCA has decided to felicitate its past cricketers and will also be spending on district representatives' stay since this will the first Test match at the venue.
India vs Australia: Just one week before the start of the first Test match between India and England at the Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune, the state governing body has found itself in a tricky situation. Despite being in deep debt, MCA has decided to felicitate its past cricketers and will also be spending on district representatives’ stay since this will the first Test match at the venue. Unhappy with this step, a senior member of MCA, Madhav Ranade has written to the Board of Cricket Control India’s Committee of Administrators’ head Vinod Rai objecting these expenditures.
He has called this expenditure on things like hospitality passes to the district representatives, ‘wasteful’. He also targeted the MCA’s managing committee meeting where these decisions were taken, calling it against the rules. The meeting was called by MCA secretary and reportedly the members who were suspended by the Supreme Court based on the judgement of ‘Lodha committee’ were also present at the venue for it.
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“The members of the districts have all been promised 25 passes each to oblige their district members for the match. They will enjoy hospitality at the association’s expense for 10 days. I feel this is a wasteful expenditure and the committee needs to be controlled by the COA or the BCCI,” the letter from Ranade to Rai stated.
“Our association is in debt to the tune of more than Rs 300 crores and in spite of this money is wasted for unplanned meetings. Further, the association plans to felicitate Test players who have represented Maharashtra before the inaugural Test match without any sanction for the expenses likely to be incurred. Besides they plan to felicitate Mr Shirke as well! It really is surprising that the members still feel the need to do so when the association is in such a huge debt under his leadership,” Ranade added.
He believes that MCA was not only disregarding the Lodha reforms but at the same time was not ready to follow the Supreme Court’s order. However, he hopes that COA’s meeting tomorrow will bring more clarity on the issue.