CoA seeks membership details of BCCI affiliates

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) Wednesday sent an email to all 30 affiliated units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, asking them to provide a list of "all their respective constituent members". 

The CoA further wrote that a reply to the email must be sent by the state associations on or before 5pm on August 8.

The Vinod Rai-led CoA also made it mandatory for the states to update the same on their respective websites, along with the addresses of members and office-bearers.

The CoA, earlier this year, had asked the state associations to upload the names of their members on their respective websites, Calcutta Telegraph reports. So, the recent email from the CoA is more of a reminder and, in a way, an ultimatum to the affiliated units to follow its instructions.

"All Members... are now requested to provide the Committee of Administrators with a list (updated) of all their respective constituent members (viz. district clubs, individuals, etc.) indicating those who have voting rights in a general body meeting of the members and those who do not.

"This list should also be put up on the respective websites of each member and a link to the same should be provided to the Committee of Administrators," the CoA said in the email.

Pertinently, the Cricket Association of Bengal's website already has the names and addresses of its 121 member units.

While the CAB and other compliant affiliates will have no problems with the edict, many state associations will likely do what the parent body has been doing on the Justice RM Lodha Committee reforms agenda - stonewall. 

According to DNA, the CoA have been flooded with complaints by many former players and officials fighting against the present associations that "there is no way to know who have been ruling the state cricket units despite all their efforts over the years".

Most of the complaints are related to Saurashtra, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab Cricket Associations, the daily reports.

Citing the the example of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), DNA reports that before former BCCI president Anurag Thakur took over the reins of the state body in 2000, HPCA had only 24 full members representing the 12 districts. Soon after, in an apparent attempt to hold on to power for years to come, Thakur added 25 more members with full voting rights - mostly his near and dear ones.