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All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

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BCCI Nepotism: It’s all in the family! The phrase may be associated more with Bollywood of late but Indian cricket isn’t far behind. As per a report, over a third of 38 current full members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are either directly related to politicians or influential board members. That apart, as many as 20 state associations are flouting the Lodha Committee recommendations. Follow IPL 2022 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

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BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

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Take the BCCI itself as an example. Secretary Jay Shah is the son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Treasurer Arun Dhumal is a relative of Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur. It doesn’t end there. Vice President Rajeev Shukla is a former MP. Even former India captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly comes from an influential family.

Ganguly’s father Chandidas Ganguly held various posts at the Cricket Association of Bengal after starting as an assistant secretary in 1974. And the dynasty has continued.

“It’s nothing new in Indian cricket. Ever since cricket was popularised, the power to run the game was among a handful. With politics, one becomes even more influential and that has been the case ever since. Even if some of the most influential people are not there, the game is run by them from a distance through their relatives or representatives,” a former player who has also served in a state association told InsideSport.

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

As per the Indian Express report, in most cases, the elections are rather for a show with members being selected rather than elected. A quick glance at the state association of BCCI elections can show that most of the time, the candidates win unopposed with the winner being decided before the election even takes place.

Indian Cricket dynasty

  • Over a third of BCCI’s 38 full members are from either political families or relatives of former office-bearers.
  • This is the highest ever number in BCCI’s history.
  • Over half of the key decision-makers at the BCCI are from influential political families or relatives of former office-bearers.

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

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How does it flout Lodha Recommendations?

As per Supreme Court-appointed RM Lodha Committee post the IPL fixing scandal, dynasty was the primary problem that was highlighted.

“In some states all members are from a few families or a single-family, thereby perpetuating the control over cricket in the hands of a few,” the Lodhar report said.

  • As per the committee, a 70-year age cap was put to eliminate the dynasty.
  • Made a three-year cooling-off period mandatory after a six-year term at state associations.
  • BCCI President’s term was set to two years.
  • No BCCI office-bearer can be a minister or government servant, forcing Anurag Thakur to leave the BCCI President’s post.

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

However, it left plenty of holes as well.

  • The age cap meant many including Niranjan Shah, Sharad Powar had to leave but it gave them the opportunity to hand over the reins to their keen.
  • Amit Shah had to leave the GCA President post and he handed it over to son Jay Shah.

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

BCCI:

  • Jay Shah (BCCI secretary): He is the son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was also the former president of Gujarat Cricket Association. Jay Shah was former GCA joint-secretary.
  • Arun Dhumal: (BCCI Treasurer): He is brother of Anurag Thakur, former BCCI president & Union Sports minister.
  • Rajeev Shukla (Vice President): Former Member of Parliament and IPL chairman.
  • Sourav Ganguly (President): Former CAB President & Secretary and son of former CAB joint-secretary Chandidas Ganguly.

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB):

  • Avishek Dalmiya (President): He is the son of late ICC, BCCI and CAB president Late Jagmohan Dalmiya.
  • Snehasish Ganguly (Honorary Secretary): Brother of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and son of former CAB assistant secretary Chandidas Ganguly.
  • Debasish Ganguly (Treasurer): Uncle of Sourav Ganguly and brother of Chandidas Ganguly.

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

Baroda Cricket Association (BCA):

  • Pranav Amin (president): He is the son of Chirayu Amin, former BCA president and Ex-interim IPL chairman.

Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA):

  • Dhanraj Nathwani (Vice-president): He is the son of Parimal Nathwani, former GCA vice-president.

Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA)

  • Jaydev Shah (president): He is the son of Niranjan Shah, former SCA & BCCI secretary.

Baroda Cricket Association (BCA):

  • Ajit Lele (secretary): He is the son of Late Jaywant Lele, former BCA & BCCI secretary

Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA)

  • Rohan Jaitley (president): He is the son of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who was the DDCA president and IPL Governing Council member.

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA):

  • Adwait Manohar (president): He is the son of Shashank Manohar, former VCA, BCCI, ICC president.

Odisha Cricket Association (OCA):

  • Sanjay Behera (Secretary): He is the son of Ashirbad Behera, former OCA secretary.

Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU):

  • Mahim Verma (secretary): He is former BCCI vice-president and son of PC Verma, former CAU secretary.

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

UP Cricket Association (UPCA)

  • Nidhipati Singhania (President): He is the nephew of Late Yadupati Singhania, former UPCA president.

Goa Cricket Association (GCA):

  • Vipul Phadke (secretary): He is the son of Vinod Phadke, former GCA secretary.

Nagaland Cricket Association (NCA):

  • Kechangulie Rio (President): He is the son of Neiphiu Rio, Nagaland Chief Minister, who is a former NCA president

Gwalior Division Cricket Association (GDCA):

  • Mahanaaryaman Scindia (Vice-president): He is the son of Jyotiraditya Scindia, former president – MP Cricket Association, president- Chambal Division Cricket Association.

Until recently, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association had Rupa Gurunath as the President. She is the daughter of former ICC, BCCI and TNCA President N Srinivasan. She resigned in December citing personal issues.

BCCI Nepotism: All in the FAMILY for BCCI & the STATE Associations, more than 20 associations flouting Lodha Committee NORMS

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