‘One-state, one-vote’ may dilute standard of Ranji: Gavaskar

‘One-state, one-vote’ may dilute standard of Ranji: Gavaskar

KOLKATA: As per the Lodha Committee recommendations for reforms in the BCCI, only one member from a state will have voting rights, which has been strongly resisted by the Board.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has feared that the Supreme Court—appointed Justice Lodha Committee’s one-state, one vote recommendation may ‘dilute’ the standard of Ranji Trophy cricket in India.
“No problem with ‘one-state, one-vote’ but maybe states that are not ready to play first class cricket should not be allowed to because it would dilute the quality of Ranji Trophy cricket,” the legendary cricketer said on the sidelines of Kolkata Literary Meet here.
“For example states like Meghalaya and Nagaland, who don’t have proper cricketing infrastructure, are going to play Ranji Trophy when they are not ready to play first class cricket, then I think the standard of cricket will be diluted and that’s not going to help Indian cricket.” As per the Lodha Committee recommendations for reforms in the BCCI, only one member from a state will have voting rights, which has been strongly resisted by the Board.
Maharashtra and Gujarat have four and three cricket associations respectively as permanent members.
“Not every county plays county cricket in England and not every state plays shield cricket in Australia,” Gavaskar said. “Hopefully over the next few days a final decision will be taken (on who will the administrators be) and we can start planning for IPL.”
The 67—year—old, however, feels that reforms are needed in every sport in the country. “Think we may not agree with all of them, but reforms are needed in all sport.” Elaborating on the reforms, he pointed out that the BCCI is probably the only national sporting federation where there was a change in the offices of the president and secretary every three years and five years.
“There was always a new person coming. So (Sharad) Pawar had three years, Jagmohan Dalmiya had three years. Every one has three years, and then they moved away and the senior vice—presidents took over,” he said.

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