One can expect a slew of changes in the functioning of Indian cricket after the Supreme Court decided to accept all major recommendations of the Lodha panel, including a maximum age limit of 70 years for office bearers. As a result, Sharad Pawar, 75, is also set to step down as the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) chief, as the former BCCI boss said on Sunday.
There are some administrators in various boards in India, who are aged more than the restricted 70, hence they will also have to take a similar step like that of Pawar. The administrator also held the MCA post for more than nine years, which has now become the maximum limit of years that a person can hold office as well.
"I will be the happiest to retire. Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has approved all recommendations by the Supreme Court," Pawar told NDTV.
Besides the Supreme Court's rulings, other reforms will also play an important role in changing the future of Indian cricket and its administration. Now on, there will be a case of one-state-one-vote, with voting rights on rotational basis as well, which makes MCA weak as Maharashtra has more than one cricket association. The MCA will also undergo some constitutional changes.
"We will first redraw the constitution, get the draft approved by the managing committee before calling a Special General Meeting to get the amended constitution passed. We have six months' time. We accept the one state, one vote decision. But we are three associations belonging to Maharashtra state - Mumbai CA, Maharashtra CA and Vidarbha CA. As per the judgement, we have to take turns to be represented in the BCCI.
The Lodha Committee, which was formed to clean up India cricket, has taken some strict measures, and the BCCI has been given six months to implement all the changes recommended by Justice RM Lodha-led committee.