BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke says can't stop state units from holding elections

BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke says can’t stop state units from holding elections

Ajay Shirke in a presser.
Ajay Shirke in a presser.

BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke in response to the letter sent by the Lodha panel, stating that parent body of Indian cricket can’t stop that state association from holding  its elections.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) are not having their elections on scheduled date after Supreme Court appointed panel sent a letter to BCCI to intimate associations that all state unit elections to be put on hold. This was after the apex court verdict on July 18 as the reforms will take place in next six months.

“The BCCI is not empowered under any law to stop any electoral process which is mandated by any statute. Furthermore, the Lodha Committee recommendations do not empower the BCCI to interfere with statutory and fundamental rights of citizens who are members of such associations,” Shirke wrote.

However, a source close to committee maintains that BCCI were never ever asked to interfere in state units’ elections but merely intimate about panel’s decision that all elections will remain frozen till the reforms place.

“Yes, Ajay Shirke has replied to the letter that was sent to the BCCI office-bearers. Mr. Shirke in his reply has stated that BCCI cannot stop state associations from having elections. But no one has told BCCI to stop the units from having elections. We have only said that they should intimate units that all elections are frozen. That stands,” a source close to Lodha Panel told PTI.

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