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MCA moves HC; says BCCI cannot ‘force’ Lodha panel report

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Mumbai : Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), headed by Sharad Pawar, has approached the Bombay High Court contending that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cannot force it to implement the Justice RM Lodha Committee report.

MCA, in its petition, has claimed that the BCCI cannot “direct” it to implement the recommendations made in the 159-page report submitted by the three-member Lodha committee to the Supreme Court.

According to MCA, it is governed by the rules of the Mumbai Charitable Trust Act.

The petition is likely to come up for hearing before a division bench of the High Court on September 30.

MCA is presently headed by 75-year-old Pawar and if the recommendations of the Lodha committee were to be implemented in letter and spirit, the Maratha strongman will have to relinquish his post since the suggestions do not allow any person above 70 years of age to hold an administrative post in BCCI or its affiliated units.

In July, Pawar, after a meeting of the MCA’s managing committee, had said he was going to retire from cricket administration.

The Supreme Court, in July, had directed BCCI and the state cricket associations to implement all the recommendations of the Lodha committee within six months.

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