COA warns to exclude Mumbai Cricket Association from BCCI elections

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The Committee of Administrators (COA) running Board of Control for Cricket in India has asked Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to correct “inaccuracies” in its constitution, failing which it will be barred from participating in the BCCI polls scheduled for October 22.

In September last year, the MCA, while it was being ruled by a COA comprising two retired judges, had registered its new constitution as per the Lodha committee reforms. However, the COA has spotted inaccuracies in MCA’s constitution.

“Your attention is invited to the email dated 17th July 2019 addressed by the Committee of Administrators to the Mumbai Cricket Association providing guidance to the MCA in relation to the inaccuracies in its constitution,” the CoA wrote to the MCA on July 19 in an email, a copy of which is in possession of PTI.

“Your response on the same is still awaited. Please note that in order to be declared compliant with the judgement dated 9th August 2018 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme (“Judgement”), the MCA is required to correct the aforesaid inaccuracies, failing which the MCA will be debarred from participating in the election process of BCCI.”

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One of the judges who was in charge of the Mumbai cricket governing body when the constitution was registered, said that they had taken help of BCCI’s legal team while drafting the constitution and had also asked suggestions and objections from MCA’s affiliated members.

A senior MCA official said that they are yet to respond to the COA’s mail.

The COA has also asked MCA to appoint electoral officer for its elections before the deadline of September 14. The MCA official also said that they had written to the State Election Commission Maharashtra asking for a suitable candidate and were awaiting its response.

Meanwhile, a delegation of MCA officials met Maharashtra Sports Minister Ashish Shelar and asked him to renew the lease of iconic Wankhende Stadium and Oval, Cross and Azad maidans, where young cricketers play.

MCA is one of the oldest cricket associations in India that has produced around 70 international players.

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