The Sharad Pawar-led Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) said yesterday that though it was not comfortable in accepting the recommendations made by the Justice Lodha Panel on BCCI reforms, it would accept its recommendations pertaining to transparency and ethics in cricket administration The MCA managing committee met at its head office at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai yesterday to deliberate on the recommendations submitted by the Justice Lodha Panel in its 159-page report submitted to the Supreme Court last week.
“The Managing Committee has decided to accept the (Justice Lodha Panel’s) recommendations made for transparency and ethics. However, there are certain clauses of administrative and cricketing operations on which the association shall forward its views to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as advised by them,” said Pawar (75).
Though the MCA president made it clear that transparency and ethics were the main measures behind the Association’s acceptance to these recommendations, he chose to avoid questions on one particular recommendation — the one State, one member, one vote proposal.
Pawar is 75 and if the Lodha Panel’s recommendations were to be implemented, he 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.
Pawar however, rejected the suggestion that affiliated units, which will lose their vote, should host tennis and hockey matches in their respective stadiums. “There are not enough grounds for our (cricket) players, but there is a suggestion that the respective association must keep one ground for tennis and one for hockey. However, the sizes of hockey fields and tennis courts are different, and if a cricket ground is converted into a tennis court or a hockey field then we can’t play cricket there,” said Pawar.
— With input from agencies