Srinivasan camp challenges COA

N Srinivasan-led 22 cricket associations affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have opposed the directives issued by the Committee of Administrators (COA) appointed by the Supreme Court.

The Vinod Rai-headed four-member COA had issued directives that virtually ended cricket administration careers of several BCCI bigwigs by taking into account cumulative nine-year tenure at the BCCI and state association for office bearers/managing committee/working group members.

The directive was passed due to lack of clarity in the orders passed by the Supreme Court on January 2, 3 and 20, according to the COA.

The state units have now written a letter to the COA, stating that they have overstepped in their defined role.

“We disagree with your views that there is lack of clarity in Supreme Court orders. There has been no recommendations in the Lodha Committee report or any Supreme Court order pertaining to the disqualification criteria. As far as tenure is concerned, the Supreme Court has made it clear in its January 20 order that the nine-year tenure is seperate for the BCCI and state associations. We feel you’ll have overstepped your defined role and gone beyond the orders of the court,” a source read out an excerpt from the letter.

The letter also said that the COA should defer their directives till the court takes up the matter for hearing on March 27.

As per the directive, the state units have been given time till March 1 to furnish details of the members who are disqualified under the prescribed criteria.

Meanwhile, Srinivasan, who is trying to put up a unified stance in their battle against the total implementation of the Lodha Committee report, is yet to get full support. Not all have sided with Srinivasan, it is learnt. There is still a clear division between the Srinivasan camp and Anurag Thakur-Ajay Shirke group.

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