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SC asks state cricket bodies to give suggestions on BCCI draft constitution

SC asks state cricket bodies to give suggestions on BCCI draft constitution

The apex court has also decided that the Northeast states would have representation and that full member status will be given to them. However, the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, indicated that it may consider the aspect of the cricket bodies of Maharashtra and Gujarat as they have played a historic role in the game and can not be left out.

The Supreme Court on Monday asked state cricket associations and BCCI office-bearers to give their suggestions on the draft constitution for the apex cricket body, to be approved by it. Following a court order, only the state units which have amended their constitution are eligible for BCCI money.

The court said that it was also open to debating a larger tenure for national selectors from 3 to 5 years and also dispensing with a rule that mandates that they must have represented India in Test cricket.

Amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium told the court the dispute would be solved later but aspiring cricketers should not be affected any longer. While the new statute would be binding on BCCI, the court clarified that its order on petitions seeking recall of the 2016 verdict would deal with the validity of the draft constitution.

The CoA had filed the draft constitution last October, incorporating the suggestions of the R.M. Lodha committee, which had been appointed by the Supreme Court to suggest reforms in the cash-rich body.

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As a result, the election for the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has also been put on hold until May 11, the date of next hearing.

Considering this, elections in MCA slated for May 2 is bound to run into trouble.

The top court had said the draft constitution should include the suggestions of the Lodha committee in its entirety so that a holistic document can be placed before it for a final decision.

The committee recommended several sweeping changes in the BCCI including a "one state, one vote" formula that seeks to prevent states with multiple cricket associations from casting more than one vote, an age cap for office-bearers, and a ban on civil servants being part of the board, which has seen stiff resistance from the cricketing body.