Why is ACA delaying implementation of Lodha recommendations
A group of former Ranji cricket players of Assam, under the Association of Cricketers for Assam, has pointed out that ACA’s current submission of the members has flouted the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.
The ACA had, on June this year, selected Assam Finance Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, as its president which was in direct violation of the Lodha recommendations that mentioned that no politician, bureaucrat or government employee can be a member of the Association. Sarma later resigned from the Association and hence, the ACA’s members’ list submitted to the COA of BCCI has no president.
The group of Ranji players also pointed out that the current vice-president, Devajit Saikia too is not eligible for the post as he is serving as the Senior Additional Advocate General of the Assam government.
According to the Lodha recommendations, office bearers of any association cannot hold their posts for more than nine years and president for more than three years. However, it is found that several members of the existing list of office bearers submitted to the BCCI have held positions in the association since 2002.
“They have mentioned that they were part of governing bodies and were not office bearers and hence, they can hold onto their positions. But as per the ACA Rule Book 2011, Para 19, it is clearly mentioned that governing body’s members should also be considered as office bearers. That way, many members do not qualify as per the Lodha recommendations,” Hussain said.
Despite several attempts, Saikia could not be reached.
On the delay in implementation of the Lodha recommendations, Saikia had earlier said that ACA will only implement after the Supreme Court pronounces a final verdict.
“The Supreme Court’s July 18 judgment, as a verdict to a petition filed by the Bihar Cricket Association, had mentioned that the Lodha recommendations would not affect the composition of the state cricket associations. But the criterion that disqualifies individuals as BCCI office-bearers, according to the verdict, has been applied to the state bodies as well. This is a contradictory directive,” Saikia had said.
He said 24 state cricket associations along with Services, Railways and University cricket associations have submitted petitions in the Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court has also probably realised the contradictions in the directives. Also, BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary's plea in the Supreme Court is pending for a hearing. The rest of the hearings will take time. We will wait until the final verdict comes,” Saikia had added.
When contacted, general secretary Buragohain said, “It is too soon to answer any queries. Even the directives of the Supreme Court are uncertain. We will wait till the fog clears and we are open to implementing the recommendations. We also vouch for transparency.”
The cricketers’ association, however, told G Plus that they will reveal the “misleading information” of the members that the ACA has submitted to the BCCI to the Gauhati High Court in the next hearing of the Sahajananda Ojha case.