BCCI AGM/election: eight disqualified

BCCI electoral officer N. Gopalaswami confirmed on Thursday that the cricket associations of Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Maharashtra have been disqualified from attending the BCCI AGM/election in Mumbai on Oct. 23.

Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and the three Government members — Services, Indian Railways and All India Universities — also do not figure in the final electoral list.

Of the 38 full members, eight will not be part of the meeting that will have to consider an agenda notified by the CoA and the election to choose five office-bearers, one representative for the Apex Council and two for the IPL Governing Council.

Different reasons

The situation could change should relief come from the Supreme Court if the disqualified members approach it. The reasons for the eight full members getting disqualified are different, though. According to the CoA, the Constitution of the three full members — TNCA, Haryana CA, Maharashtra CA — are not in terms with the BCCI’s.

Manipur has nominated its president Rajkumar Imo Singh. He is an MLA and holds public office, and hence came under the disqualification rule.

Sources said Rajiv Shukla of UPCA was disqualified because he had served as office-bearer of the State until 2017 and in the middle of a three-year cooling-off period.

The Supreme Court order of Aug. 9, 2018, while restoring the full membership of Services, Railways and AIU, said that the retired players from each of these organisations should elect its representative. Obviously, the electoral officer — who is assisted by sports lawyer Nandan Kamath — has not found the process followed by these three full members in order. The three did not create a players’ association to elect their representative.


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