After BCCI members’ ouster, JKCA’s fate hangs in the balance

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Srinagar, Jan 02: The Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to sack two officials of BCCI for failing to implement Lodha reforms has left the fate of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association hang in the balance, as the latter too has been “reluctant” to implement them.
The Supreme Court sacked BCCI President, Anurag Thakur, and its Secretary, Ajay Shirke, for failing to implement the reforms suggested by the RM Lodha panel.
In its recommendations, the Lodha panel has called for every association to essentially follow its set guidelines, which include one association per state, differentiation of cricketing and non-cricketing management, distinctive players’ association, a term of three years for officer bearers, etcetera.
The Supreme Court released the list of reforms in January 2016 and set March 3, 2016, as the deadline for BCCI and its associated bodies to implement them.
The JKCA is presently on a sticky wicket, as the association too has not implemented these recommendations so far due to “reluctance” shown by its members.
“The recommendations have not been implemented yet just because some people, who are holding the chair right now, don’t want to lose it. This issue was taken up with the Minister for Sports and Youth Services, Imran Raza Ansari, but we don’t know why the government is reluctant in implementing it,” a JKCA office bearer said.
Soon after the list of the Lodha recommendations was released by the Supreme Court in January last year, the association has, till now, not formed any players’ association, which was essentially meant to empower players.
Similarly, the officials say that the JKCA has not segregated the cricket and non-cricket management here, with its rival association also calling itself JKCA.
The JKCA Chairman, Mehboob Iqbal, said that every association will have to abide by the Lodha recommendations after Supreme Court has taken action against the BCCI office bearers.
“This move will have a bigger impact on JKCA as well; every association will have a new look now. Who will have the guts to challenge the Supreme Court? Accordingly, JKCA too will have to look for a major overhaul, and we have to go according to the amendments and bylaws of the association,” he said.
About the failure of the JKCA in implementing Lodha recommendations, he said that the association will work to implement them as soon as possible.
“We will have a separate players’ association know and there won’t be any rival JKCA now, as the recommendations clearly says that one association will represent cricketers,” Iqbal said.
The JKCA has been in news since 2011, when a multi-crore scam surfaced in the association.
The BCCI stalled its funding of Rs150 crore annually to the association and the probe regarding the embezzlement was handed over to CBI on September 3, 2015.
The delay in completion of the CBI probe has been hitting the cricketing activities in the state badly.
Further, there was a rivalry within the association after Imran Raza Ansari took over as President JKCA in 2015. His position was questioned by the Farooq Abdullah-led faction.

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