J&K cricketing affairs on BCCI Apex Council meeting agenda

TNN Bureau. Updated: 4/8/2021 10:24:56 AM Front Page

JAMMU: Running cricketing affairs in Jammu and Kashmir is on the 14-point agenda of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) at its Apex Council meeting scheduled to be held on April 16.
The J&K High Court had, on March 23, asked the BCCI to take control of the cricketing activities in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh until elections in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) are completed.
In an elaborate judgment, a Division Bench comprising Justices Ali Muhammad Magrey and Puneet Gupta had directed the BCCI to ensure that the newly drafted Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations by Court Appointed Administrators (CAA) are in line with the Lodha Committee recommendations.
In compliance with the Court orders, the BCCI has taken over control of the affairs of the association in Jammu and Kashmir. To draw out a plan for managing affairs of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association the BCCI has brought it on the agenda of its Apex Council, the highest decision making body, for its meeting scheduled for April 16.
The Division Bench said after having gone through stands adopted by the rival parties and keeping in view the directions passed by the Supreme Court from time to time it was of the view that it shall not be appropriate for the Court to go into the question of ascertaining whether the Memorandum of Association and Rules of Regulations so framed by the CAA of the JKCA are in tune with the recommendations of the Lodha Committee.
“Instead, in our opinion, now that the BCCI, which is tasked with the overall governing and controlling of the activities of the game of cricket in India and of which the JKCA is an affiliate member, is in position with its newly approved Constitution, it is the said body which shall be the appropriate authority to answer the above-formulated question in the light of its newly approved Constitution,” it said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the BCCI had also filed an application for handing over the affairs of the JKCA to it till such time the elections of the office bearers of the JKCA are conducted under its supervision.
Also among the 14-point agenda of the meeting is the appointment of the Indian women's team's support staff and its international assignments which have been hit badly by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team is set to play a Test for the first time in more than six years, as announced by secretary Jay Shah, and is expected to travel to England and Australia later this year.
Also, it remains to be seen if head coach WV Raman gets an extension or the BCCI invites fresh applications for the post.
Raman, who was appointed as the head coach in 2018, was with the team in the recent home series against South Africa which India lost.
The BCCI is also likely to take a call on the long-pending tax and visa issue ahead of the T20 World Cup in India.
After its latest board meeting, the ICC said it expects hosts India to get the necessary visa guarantees and tax exemptions by the end of this month.
There will also be talks on how to conduct the 2021-2022 domestic season. Last season, the BCCI had to scrap Ranji Trophy for the first time in 87 years due to the pandemic but went ahead with the T20 and one-day events.

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