On Sunday, the Supreme court appointed administrators decided to implement the one state one vote concept by which, Mumbai Cricket Association has been clubbed with Maharashtra Cricket Association and Vidharbha Cricket Association as one vote from Maharashtra. It means that all three association will continue to function, but each will get to vote once in three years as a full member at the BCCI elections.The new constitution was adapted by the CoA.
So what will be the repercussions?
The special status of each association and the windfall from BCCI created an interesting ecosystem of local clubs who had voting status. These clubs would then create a demand for tickets, selection tournaments etc in return of their votes.
Now with the privileges gone, will these clubs be entertained? Will they be able to sustain and survive? Will this lead to the downfall of cricket in Mumbai?
Not implementing the 9 year tenure for office bearers, non-transparency in ticket sales, unaccounted money transfers, discriminatory payment procedures, defying supreme court orders and not calling elections are some of the issues that were flagged off by the committee.
Former test player, who also captained Maharashtra said that this decision will not affect cricket though it will create ripples in the administration.
The Mumbai Cricket Association has been stripped of its permanent voting member status of the BCCI. Similarly, Saurashtra, Vidharbha, Vadodra and Hyderabad are associate members.
Though Mumbai Cricket Association members have been allowed to attend BCCI general body meetings, but without voting powers.
With a voting possibility of once in 3 years, a lot of cricketing administrators from Mumbai will have to look out for alternative employment. Though the association has always been run by politicians or industrialists, can the Mumbai Cricket Association come up with an alternate road map?
Like the BMC struggling to find avenues of revenue generation post the implementation of the GST, the Mumbai Cricket association will have to look out of better ways of managing the money post the one state one vote policy implementation.