Mumbai : Spelling out practical problems it had encountered in implementing the Justice Lodha committee’s reforms in the BCCI and its affiliates in totality, Mumbai Cricket Association has said it already had in place measures that, by and large, jell well with the reform process.
It has also assured the BCCI that the Rs 18.92 crore subsidy it received from the Board will be kept in FD till clearance for its utilisation is received from the Supreme Court.
The letter, signed by joint secretary P V Shetty and sent to the BCCI a couple of days ago, said changes that were required to be made in its constitution as formulated by the Lodha panel, needed 2/3rds majority of its general body at its specially convened SGM.
“Alteration or amendment or addition to Memorandum of Association or to these rules shall not be made except at a General Meeting by a resolution carried by a majority of two third of the votes of the members present and voting at the meeting,” Shetty stated in his letter.
Shetty noted that while the Board was a policy maker its state bodies were the “decision executing” bodies, in preparation of stadium for hosting matches – including ground preparation – that started four months in advance.
He also observed that all the immovable property like stadiums are owned and operated by the associations and not BCCI, right through the year. “This infrastructure, though required to be created at massive cost is not used throughout for cricket, which is required to be maintained at very high cost throughout the year, even when there is no cricket. Also there are taxes levied by local authority, which is never without the dispute and litigations which prolong for years together,” the MCA official has stated in its communication to the BCCI.
It was also pointed out by Shetty that while the BCCI takes care of the needs of just the cream of players in both seniors and juniors, it’s the duty of the associations like MCA to take care of thousands of other players.
“Our experience of dealing with government and local authorities are totally different when it comes to match preparations and cannot be left to professional employee managers, when the compliances are time bound and are addressed by the authorities invariably.