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The Pawar factor: Why MCA opposes Lodha plans

Last updated on: January 13, 2016 19:58 IST

Recommendations would force Sharad Pawar out as MCA chief.

Mumbai Cricket Association President Sharad PawarThe Mumbai Cricket Association dropped hints that it is not comfortable with many of the recommendations made by the Justice Lodha Panel on reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India, but is willing to accept proposals on transparency.

The MCA managing committee meeting on Wednesday, January 13, discussed the 159-page report, submitted by the three-member Lodha committee to the Supreme Court of India and the BCCI.

The MCA is headed by 75-year-old Sharad Pawar and if the recommendations were to be implemented in letter and spirit, the politician will have to relinquish his post since the suggestions do not allow any person above 70 years to hold an administrative post in the BCCI or its affiliated units.

'There are certain clauses of administrative and cricketing operations for which the association shall forward its views to the BCCI as advised by them,' MCA Joint Secretary P V Shetty said in a statement.

'The managing committee met to deliberate on the recommendations of the Lodha Committee and decided to accept the recommendations for transparency and ethics,' Shetty added.

When asked how the MCA views the circumstances, leading up to the current scenario where the judiciary had to intervene and ask for a clean up, Pawar said, "One thing is clear, administrators are not responsible for this situation."

Pawar categorically rejected suggestions that affilated units, which will lose their vote, should host tennis and hockey matches in their respectice stadiums.

"That is not practical because the sizes of tennis (courts) and all are different. There are practical difficulties," Pawar said.

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

The panel has proposed the policy of 'One State-One Member-One Vote'

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