The former President of Saurashtra Cricket Association, Niranjan Shah, has questioned if the President of Indian can work beyond the age of 70, then why BCCI administrators are barred from doing the job after crossing the age of 70,
“If the Indian president can be well over 70 years of age, why can’t the BCCI administrators work beyond that that age limit? I don’t understand this hue and cry over the age limit of the BCCI office-bearers. If our president (Pranab Mukherjee, who is 81) can work beyond 70, what is so wrong about BCCI officials working beyond that age limit. As long as you are fit, you can work even until the time you are alive. I call this age discrimination,” Shah told PTI.
His comments have come after the veteran cricket administrator was added in the committee formed by BCCI to study the critical points in the Lodha recommendations. Though he was not named in the Rajeev Shukla led committee earlier but has been added later in a controversial manner to oversee limited areas of the recommendations. (Read Here: Rajeev Shukla To Head BCCI Committee)
The committee is set to meet on July 1 to discuss the matter. Out of the most of the recommendations, the major area of the impasse is one vote-one policy, the age cap barrier and the cooling off period between the two successive terms. (Read Here: Niranjan Shah Added To BCCI Committee)
Shah as well said questioned ow can one bar Mumbai from voting, having contributed to Indian cricket from so long,
“Personally I am not against the one-state-one-vote. But how can you take away the voting rights of one of the oldest state associations in the country? The same applies for Mumbai cricket. They have done so much for Indian cricket. We have no problems with voting rights given to a new member but voting rights of West Zone should stay as it is a major contributor,” Shah added.
The committee will come up with its finding on July 10 in front of BCCI before the board submit an answer to Supreme Court of India when the hearing resumes on July 14. There can be a case when Supreme Court might take strong action against the board for not implementing the Lodha recommendations in toto.
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