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Lodha panel recommendations set to come up at MCA's AGM

Mumbai: The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee's recommendations, calling for sweeping reforms in BCCI and discussed by the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) MCA Joint Secretaries, P V Shetty and Unmesh Khanvilkar, last week, are expected to come up for further deliberations at its AGM here on January 22.

The managing committee of the MCA had met on January 13 to discuss the Justice Lodha panel's recommendations submitted to the Supreme Court and later issued a media statement that it was willing to accept suggestions on transparency.

"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 Secretaries, P V Shetty and Unmesh Khanvilkar, had said in the joint statement after the meeting.

The Managing Committee deliberated on the recommendations of the Lodha Committee at the meeting "and decided to accept the recommendations for transparency and ethics," they added.

Meanwhile, the MCA has been sent a resolution proposed by Oriental Cricket Club's representative S R Halbe and seconded by Ravi Mandrekar of the Gaud Saraswat Club, to be taken up at its AGM.

The resolution reads: "Resolved that this General Body of the Mumbai Cricket Association welcomes all the recommendations of the Lodha Committee appointed by the Hon. Supreme Court of India to improve the function of the BCCI and its State Associations.

"Further resolved that this general body directs the managing committee of the Mumbai Cricket Association to implement forthwith all the suggestions and recommendations of the Lodha Committee pertaining to the State Associations."

MCA is headed by 75-year-old Sharad Pawar and if 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 BCCI or its affiliated units.

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