SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court has issued a notice, seeking reply from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI) and others to make Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association ‘functional’ and elect its management under the guidelines provided by the Supreme Court.
Hearing a petition filed by two cricketers — Sajjad Ahmad Sofi and Sarfaraz Alam — a single bench of Justice D S Thakur directed the chairman BCCI as well as president JKCA to file a reply before next date of hearing on May 17.
The appellant duo also seeks direction to the chairman BCCI to implement the orders of Supreme Court in “letter and spirit.” They allege that infighting between JKCA members with opposing political affiliations has left the association non-functioning.
“The result of such rivalries has led to compromise in nurturing the vast and raw talent of the youth of the State,” the petitioners said. Emphasizing that the cricket being the “only secular unifying religion in our heterogeneous country”, the petition said that such considerations forced the apex court to constitute a committee under former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha to recommend reforms for cricket in India.
The Lodha committee, after a thorough study of the BCCI and its state associations’ functioning, presented its recommendations to the Supreme Court. The apex court later ruled in favour of the majority of the committee’s recommendations and directed the BCCI and state associations to implement the recommendations.
“The Supreme Court by its orders sacked the higher echelons of the
JKCA, leaving JKCA in total chaos, which has made the petitioners to suffer of no fault of theirs,” they said.