The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) office-bearers Brijesh Patel, Dayanand Pai and Ashok Anand tendered resignations on Tuesday after the Supreme Court sacked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur and its secretary Ajay Shirke with immediate effect for becoming the “obstruction” in the Justice RM Lodha Committee reforms for the cricket in India.
“Brijesh Patel, Ashok Anand and Dayanand Pai, have resigned from the posts of KSCA Secretary, President and Treasurer,” KSCA CEO M P Ganesh was quoted as saying by PTI.
Following the name of Cricket Association of Bengal President and the former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly doing the rounds, Brijesh was also seen as one of the favourite contenders to get the top post in the BCCI.
“The reason for Pai and Ashok tendering their resignations were – they both were past seventy years, and Patel, who is 64-years-old, resigned because he had enjoyed positions beyond nine years in the state cricket association,” KSCA Spokesperson Vinay Mruthyunjay said.
After the apex court’s decision based on the conditions set by the Supreme Court-led Lodha Panel, the office bearers tendered their resignations which was recommended in the hearing on January 2, that included the age bar and tenure restrictions for holding the office in the board or different state associations.
Before holding secretary’s post, Brijesh occupied the office for nearly 12 years which was against tenure limit clause in the sports code. It has been stated the office-bearers can hold the office for nine years.
On temporarily basis, the court has stated the senior-most vice President will be the acting president and the Joint secretary will play the role of secretary in the cricket board matters.
It won’t be that easy for the cricket crazy nation to see things settling well for the cricket governing body, but the clean sweep will take some time to make a difference in terms of reforms after many office-bearers failed to meet the norms recommended by the Lodha Committee.