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BCCI needs me more than MCA: Ajay Shirke

Source: PTI
July 18, 2016 20:10 IST
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Ajay ShirkeBoard of Control for Cricket in India secretary Ajay Shirke will relinquish office as president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association since the "parent body will need him more" in a situation when it is going through major structural reforms.

With the Supreme Court making it clear that it will be a case of one post per person in the BCCI, the Pune-based business tycoon has made his choice.

"I have always said that I have no fascination for designations. If somebody wants, they can take away both posts (BCCI and MCA) from me. But, if you ask me, I feel at this juncture, the board (BCCI) needs me more than my state association. I am a person who will not run away from my responsibilities unless the members ask me to do so," Shirke said.

Incidentally, under the one-state one vote recommendation by the Lodha panel which has been accepted by Supreme Court, Maharashtra, despite being the mother state, may not have voting rights along with Vidarbha, as Mumbai is the biggest cricket team from the region. However, the rotation policy may allow one unit to get voting rights per year.

Shirke said BCCI members will meet in Mumbai next week as there are a few meetings lined up at Cricket Centre.

"We have to study and digest the 143-page report first. The members will be landing in Mumbai as there are a few routine meetings lined up regarding the finances. The balance sheet is being prepared. Since the members will be coming, it is only obvious that we will be speaking and the issue will come up for discussion. Together we will chart a road ahead," said Shirke.

It will be interesting as to what decision BCCI president  and BJP MP Anurag Thakur takes as he is also the president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).

Similarly, Aniruddh Chaudhary and Amitabh Chaudhary, who are secretary and president of Haryana CA and Jharkhand CA respectively, could also relinquish their state association posts.

IMAGE: Ajay Shirke

Photograph: Sahil Salvi

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