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BCCI reforms: Non-compliant Karnataka, six others risk losing vote

There is still no amicable end in sight in the BCCI reforms case. On Monday, the Committee of Ad­ministrators (CoA) released a status report which has been submitted to the Supreme Court.

Published: 30th October 2018 01:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2018 07:01 AM   |  A+A-

Vinod Rai

Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai (File | PTI)

Express News Service

CHENNAI: There is still no amicable end in sight in the BCCI reforms case. On Monday, the Committee of Ad­ministrators (CoA) released a status report which has been submitted to the Supreme Court. It lists seven state associations as ‘non-compliant’ with the court or­der on updating their constitution in accordance with the previous order. Ten more are categori­sed as ‘partially compliant’. Out of 34, the remaining 17 are listed as ‘substantially compliant’.

There are big names among the state associations found non-compliant and partially compliant. The first list includes Karnataka, Gujarat, Haryana and Hi­­m­achal. The second has Tamil Na­du, Bengal, Vidarbha and Jha­r­khand among others. Some of th­ese units are heavyweights. While Karnataka and Tamil Na­du have traditionally been big pl­a­yers, Bengal is headed by Sourav Ganguly. BJP president Amit Sh­ah is the president of Gujarat.

The CoA has urged the court that voting rights of the non-compliant and partially compliant units be suspended if they fail to submit an affidavit within a week stating that they are fully compliant. It has also said that even those in the substantially compliant category should “further am­end their constitutions” to carry out corrections that have already been communicated to them. If they fail to do this, their voting rights too should be revoked.

Some of these associations are seeking fresh guidance. “We have sent a letter to the BCCI and we are waiting for their response. Seven-eight associations have done the same and we are one of them. In the letter, we have asked what action the BCCI wants us to take. We want to know that,” said R Sudhakar Rao, secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association. The CoA’s report says the KSCA has not submitted the compliance certificate. It adds that there are “several material deviations” in matters related to composition of apex council.

Listed among the non-compliant, Meghalaya Cricket Associati­on is planning to write to the CoA. “We have submitted everything. It’s possible there has be­en a misunderstanding. The CoA ha­sn’t told us anything ab­o­ut it. But now that they have put this up, we will mail them the do­c­uments once again,” said association secretary Naba Bhattacharya.

While several associations have been found wanting on rules regarding the formation of the apex council, appointment of selectors and provisions of disqualification, the CoA maintains that it has been flexible in its evaluation. “Owing to the difference in activities and functions of the state associations and BCCI, the respective constitutions of the state associations cannot be identical to that of the BCCI,” reads the CoA’s report.

However, some of the state un­i­ts believe the CoA has insisted that their constitutions be as cl­o­se to the BCCI constitution as po­­ssible. “Different units have di­fferent electorates and constitue­nts. So what we submit can never be the same. We have given what is viable for us to run our association. If the court has a problem wi­­th it, we shall hear it from th­em,” said Tamil Nadu Cricket Association joint-secretary RI Pa­l­ani.

Where they stand

Non-compliant: Karnataka, Haryana, Himachal, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal.

Partially compliant: Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Vidarbha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Manipur.

Substantially compliant: Andhra, Assam, Baroda, Mizoram, Puducherry, Delhi, Hyderabad, J&K, Kerala, Mumbai, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Saurashtra, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh.

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