Include internationals in State electoral list, says CoA

Include internationals in State electoral list, says CoA

A fresh diktat from BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA) instructing all states to have former India internationals in their electoral list has left the affiliated units surprised.

The CoA sent a mail to the state units on Monday, making it "mandatory for all State Associations (including those which have only representatives of district associations or clubs as voting members in the General Body) to grant membership with voting rights to former international players (men and women) hailing from the state."

The mail has left some of the state units, where there are only clubs and district units as voting members, fuming.

"This is a direct attack on our fundamental constitutional right to form an association as per the constitution. Also the fact that earlier, a state unit that did not have any individual voter members, were told that former cricketers can be just made members," an office-bearer of a state unit told PTI.

"Now we have to incorporate them in voter's list. So why then can't we also have normal members. This is an infringement on our rights as to how we form an association."

The two states that will now have a complete overhaul of their list is Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) where there is no individual voting.

In CAB, it is the clubs and the districts that have voting rights while MCA only has clubs.

The CoA has also instructed the units to provide them with the complete list of former internationals, who are eligible voters.

"Membership with voting rights should be granted to former international players (men and women) hailing from the State prior to the conduct of elections such that they shall be entitled to vote in the said elections," the mail read.

The CoA also states that a member of a state unit can approach its respective High Court for the appointment of an administrator in case the current incumbent has completed his tenure.

"Where the term/ tenure of the current office bearers of a State Association is over and/or elections are due, the concerned Hon’ble High Court may be approached either by the said State Association itself and/or any member thereof for appointment of an administrator to administer the affairs of the said State Association pending elections," it stated.