VCA hails restoration of full BCCI membership

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2018 10:12:29


Sports Reporter,

THE Supreme Court’s decision of restoring full BCCI membership of three associations in Gujarat and Maharashtra each has brought a big sigh of relief and joy to the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA). An earlier apex court order implementing the Justice RM Lodha committee’s ‘one state, one vote’ reforms had relegated Vidarbha and three other associations to associate members category.

A relieved VCA welcomed the SC order reinstating voting rights of four legacy cricket associations including Vidarbha.
“VCA has contributed to development of cricket for so many decades. Had it not remained a full member of BCCI then that would have been a travesty of justice,” remarked VCA President Adv Anand Jaiswal after the SC verdict on Thursday.

In the order passed on July 18, 2016 on the reforms suggested by Justice Lodha, the Supreme Court had relegated Vidarbha, Saurashtra, Mumbai and Baroda to the status of associate members.

On Thursday, the three-judge SC bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, disagreed with Justice Lodha’s contentions.
“These associations have a long and abiding history of nurturing talent for the game of cricket in India. The history of cricket in India is replete with their contribution to the cause of cricket. These associations have produced players who have brought laurels to their states and to the nation.“To utilise territoriality as a basis of exclusion is problematic because it ignores history and the contributions made by such associations to the development of cricket and its popularity,” Justice DY Chandrachud, who authored the judgement, reasoned while restoring full membership of Vidarbha and others.

“It is fitting that the Supreme Court has taken all the history into consideration”, Jaiswal said. VCA was the first association in the country to fully implement the Lodha Committee reforms and amend its constitution two years ago.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has warned State associations that they face action if they did not adopt the new constitution in the next 30 days. “We are happy. What we had done before all other associations is now to be followed by everybody,” Jaiswal said, adding, “We may have to make minor changes to our Constitution. We will take a final decision depending upon the SC order and draft.”