BCCI uploads new constitution, Mumbai relegated to associate membership

Mumbai lose its permanent status in the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI. This also means that the nine-year cumulative clause for an office-bearer won't be calculated separately in the cricket board and state association - if someone has completed nine years either in the BCCI or a state association he/she is finished as a cricket administrator.

Mumbai Cricket Association and the Saurashtra Cricket Association, which were Full Members earlier, were relegated to Associate membership.

Ranji champions alongwith Baroda and Saurastra are associate members and will take turns to rotate annually to vote. Apart from the north-eastern states, the new list has also included Bihar, Telangana and Uttarakhand. No state shall have more than one full member at any given point of time.

This clause was rejected at last year's BCCI SGM by all the states affected by it, but with pressure increasing on all the associations to adopt the Lodha reforms in toto, the MCA may be fighting a lost battle here. The revised constitution has been uploaded on the BCCI website although it is yet to be officially implemented. The panel comprising Vinod Rai, Ramchandra Guha, Vikram Limaye and Diana Edulji, however, has uploaded the proposed changed constitution without calling a Special General Meeting (SGM) and obtaining a three-fourths majority in accordance with the Societies Act. A COA member was quoted to be saying by The Sunday Express, "The Lodha Committee has prepared a constitution that the court has approved. We need the SC to clarify as to whether the CoA has the power to rewrite the constitution", a former official said. "The next step will be to figure out how it gets implemented". "We called for a couple of SGMs, but when none of them were ready to vote, we told the court that there is no way we can force somebody".

After being given the mandate to enforce the Lodha Committee recommendations (with modifications), the CoA will now approach the Apex Court to find out if it has done the right thing. But this is the BCCI constitution, not the state constitution. "No State shall have more than one Full Member at any given point of time", according to the altered constitution.

"I have already written a letter to COA stating that two former secretaries of the BCCI, Sanjay Patel and Anurag Thakur, had stated in an affidavit filed in the SC that, at present, there is no association functioning in Bihar", said Verma, main petitioner in the IPL 6 spot fixing case which caused the apex court to intervene in BCCI affairs. Along with Mumbai, Vidarbha which is the third association from the state The same would be applicable for Vidarbha, the third association from the state.

  • Julie Sanders