Several Indian legends including Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar might lose voting at the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) considering the proposed changes to its constitution.
According to the report, MCA sent a notice including the changes to all its members explaining that it has clubs as its members and not individuals. The MCA wants international cricketers to be associate members without voting rights.If MCA has its way cricketing icons from the city like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar – along with several other India stars- won’t have voting rights in the association they represented all through their career.
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Each state association under the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to change its constitution following the Supreme Court order on the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. The Lodha Committee gave voting rights to all former international players in their respective association, barred any individual from holding a post after reaching 70 years of age, and in an attempt to make administration more professional, gave more power to the respective Chief Executive Officers to run the BCCI and state associations.
In a notice about the proposed changes sent to all its members, the MCA explained that it has clubs as its members and there is no individual voter in the association. Instead the MCA wants international players to be made associate members without any voting right.
No individual member like Patron members, donor members, etc. has any voting rights. Also the Lodha Committee had only recommended that International players should be granted memberships of the Association. Assigning voting rights to international cricketers would amount to altering the foundation of the applicant Association. However, international players can be Associate Members and shall be invited and shall attend the meeting and make their contributions.
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