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High Court urges BCCI to manage cricket in J&K, Ladakh till elections

Last Updated on March 24, 2021 at 10:28 am

The J&K High Court has passed a judgement discontinuing Court Appointed Administrators (CAAs) and CEO of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA). Two judge bench has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to supervise game in J&K and Ladakh union territories as long as JKCA elections are due.

A court bench consisting of Justices Ali Mohammad Magrey and Puneet Gupta also directed the BCCI to verify that newly drafted Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations by Court Appointed Administrators (CAA) were framed according to Lodha Committee recommendations or if they need amendments. The court elected Justice C. K. Prasad, former judge of the Supreme Court and Justice Syed Rafat Alam, former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh and Allahabad High Courts as Administrators of the J&K Cricket Association in 2017.

They were asked to make sure that JKCA conducts free and fair elections. They were also given the responsibility to amend rules of the J&K Cricket Association according to Lodha Committee recommendations. Later, a Division Bench of the Court ordered that an Ombudsman will settle disputes between different clubs affiliated to JKCA. The bench appointed Justice Syed Bashir-ud-din (retired) as the Ombudsman. The court also appointed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari (IPS), former DIG, as Chief Executive Officer to help the CAA in order to manage the Association.

The High Court said in its judgement that they believe that they are not suitable for the job to verify whether the Memorandum of Association and Rules of Regulations drafted by CAA of JKCA are in accordance with recommendations of the Lodha Committee. They believe that BCCI manages cricket affairs in India so they are an appropriate authority to do the job. Moreover, the BCCI has also requested to hand over JKCA affairs to it until JKCA elections are conducted under its supervision.

The court said that the BCCI will finalize constitution of the JKCA according to Lodha Committee recommendations as approved by the Supreme Court. They will consult all the stakeholders including representatives of former clubs of the JKCA and District Cricket Associations. The BCCI will promote cricket in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Ladakh according to its approved Constitution. The national organization will also improve infrastructure on ground.

The court also directed BCCI to provide facilities to boys and girls playing cricket in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh so that they can perform excellently at national and international level. The court hoped that BCCI will complete its job efficiently.