MCA not to accept Lodha panel's report

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), headed by Sharad Pawar, is set to oppose most of the recommendations of the Justice Lodha committee submitted in its report to the Supreme Court last week.

“We are opposed to most of the recommendations and are one hundred per cent behind Mr Pawar,” said MCA’s joint secretary PV Shetty, when asked about the managing committee meeting convened on January 13 to discuss the implications of the Lodha panel recommendations.

“We will discuss everything and then put forth our views to the BCCI,” said Shetty.Among the sweeping reforms proposed by the Lodha panel which are set to be opposed by the MCA’s managing committee are that politicians should not be part of the cricket set-up, no office bearer should be above 70 years of age and one state can have only one member and one vote in the BCCI.

Lodha panel has pointed out that in the BCCI not all states of India are represented and some states, including Maharashtra, are over-represented.

“Mainly attributable to their historic legacy, both Maharashtra and Gujarat have three Full Members, each representing parts of their respective States. Maharashtra therefore exercises votes through the Associations of Mumbai, Vidarbha and Maharashtra while Gujarat fields the Associations of Baroda, Gujarat and Saurashtra,” the panel has noted.

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