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BCCI elections on October 22, announces CoA

NEW DELHI: The Committee of Administrators on Tuesday stated that the much-awaited elections of the BCCI might be held on October 22.

The CoA, which was once appointed via the Supreme Court in January 2017 to supervise the sweeping reforms beneficial via the Lodha panel, announced the elections date after due session with the apex court-appointed amicus curiae PS Narsimha.

The Supreme Court had assigned Narsimha in March to mediate with more than a few state associations which had 80 filed meantime appeals.

In the meeting attended via all three CoA members -- leader Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and Ravi Thodge -- the time limit to hold state elections was once set at September 14. Rai stated 30 state associations have been rendered compliant and the remainder are in the strategy of amending their charter as in line with the Lodha reforms.

Asked about elections in spite of everything taking place in the BCCI, which has suffered from administrative crisis for greater than two years, Rai stated he was once a cheerful guy.

"When I was appointed by the Honourable Supreme Court, I had said that my role will be of a night watchman and this night watchman has stayed for very long," Rai advised PTI in a lighter vein.

"We (CoA) are glad because our activity was once very explicit. It was once mandated to lead them to (the state associations) settle for the charter (as in line with Lodha recommendations). They (associations) had difficulties which was once mediated between us, amicus and the court. We are glad handy it over them.

"We sincerely believed a democratically run elected body will have to run cricket in the country," added the former CAG.

Rai lauded amicus Narsimha's role in dealing with the state associations.

"We gave a lot of status studies (10 in all) to Supreme Court. Supreme Court heard the entire associations, then amicus was once appointed via the Supreme Court to hold mediations.

"Amicus spent about 150 hours talking to all the state associations on clarifications which were sought. Ultimately, the state associations have come forward and accepted all the recommendations, about 30 odd have been rendered compliant."

The energy of the apex council may well be higher for the state units but in the BCCI, it will be restricted to 9 members as proposed.

"Of the principle charter just one concession has been beneficial via the amicus in his report to SC and that was once regarding the apex council.

"The apex council in state associations was once supposed to mirror BCCI's (9 members). They had practical difficulties because cricket is administered in the state itself. They have avid gamers and flooring committee and different committees. They indicated their problem to amicus.

"We jointly felt that we needed to increase this number and make it more flexible. Roughly it should be limited to 19 and in that three nominated members will also be there, 16 would be elected," he added.

The Supreme Court had, in January 17, sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, and asked different office-bearers who do not meet the qualifications set via the court to be at the board to demit office or stand disqualified.

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