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UPCA ready to implement Lodha reforms
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UPCA ready to implement Lodha reforms
The Committee of Administrators' (CoA) tough stance seems to have had a positive effect as the affiliated units of the BCCI are gradually falling in line to implement the Justice (retired) RM Lodha Committee's administrative reforms.
After Vidharbha Cricket Association (VCA) and the Hyderabad Cricket Association, which had agreed to incorporate the Supreme Court-directed reforms, it is now the turn of Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) to follow suit.
Sources told TOI on Saturday that the UPCA has given a written assurance to the CoA and sought its guidance in amending the by-laws which will help the association conduct the state elections at the earliest. The board has pledged its support to the state body.
This UPCA's move to implement the Lodha reforms is significant because its former boss and IPL chairman, Rajeev Shukla, who was also the head of the special seven-member committee to identify the 'few critical points' of the Lodha reforms, has played a key role in convincing UPCA to implement the reforms. "This should be a lesson for other state bodies to fall in line," a BCCI functionary said.
The UPCA confirmed the development. "We have expressed our wish to change the by-laws and conduct elections at the earliest," UPCA secretary Yudhvir Singh said. After VCA, Tripura Cricket Association had shown willingness to adopt the Lodha reforms but failed to do so. Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association too wants to adopt the reforms after sorting out its membership issue.
It was revealed that before requesting the Supreme Court to remove BCCI's office bearers from their posts, CoA had given them ample opportunity to explain why they were not able to implement the Lodha reforms. But they failed to come up with convincing answers.
"With some state bodies showing much more intent to implement the reforms, it is important that CoA is given complete control of the cricket administration now to ensure the implementation of the Lodha reforms," a source said.

The Committee of Administrators' (CoA) tough stance seems to have had a positive effect as the affiliated units of the BCCI are gradually falling in line to implement the Justice (retired) RM Lodha Committee's administrative reforms.

After Vidharbha Cricket Association (VCA) and the Hyderabad Cricket Association, which had agreed to incorporate the Supreme Court-directed reforms, it is now the turn of Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) to follow suit.

Sources told TOI on Saturday that the UPCA has given a written assurance to the CoA and sought its guidance in amending the by-laws which will help the association conduct the state elections at the earliest. The board has pledged its support to the state body.

This UPCA's move to implement the Lodha reforms is significant because its former boss and IPL chairman, Rajeev Shukla, who was also the head of the special seven-member committee to identify the 'few critical points' of the Lodha reforms, has played a key role in convincing UPCA to implement the reforms. "This should be a lesson for other state bodies to fall in line," a BCCI functionary said.

The UPCA confirmed the development. "We have expressed our wish to change the by-laws and conduct elections at the earliest," UPCA secretary Yudhvir Singh said. After VCA, Tripura Cricket Association had shown willingness to adopt the Lodha reforms but failed to do so. Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association too wants to adopt the reforms after sorting out its membership issue.

It was revealed that before requesting the Supreme Court to remove BCCI's office bearers from their posts, CoA had given them ample opportunity to explain why they were not able to implement the Lodha reforms. But they failed to come up with convincing answers.

"With some state bodies showing much more intent to implement the reforms, it is important that CoA is given complete control of the cricket administration now to ensure the implementation of the Lodha reforms," a source said.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

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