BCCI constitution needs review: Krishnamurthy

Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Former Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy, who was appointed Observer by the Supreme Court for elections to BCCI, has suggested a "thorough review" of the Constitution of the cash-rich body, which suffers from several ambiguities, including on voting rights.

Be it Chairman's right to vote or that of rights of various Cricket Associations of States, "the Constitution of BCCI suffers from ambiguities/infirmities in regard to the rules relating to election procedure", he said in his report submitted to the apex court.

Starting from the top, Krishnamurthy said, "the Chairman's right to vote is not properly worded" as a result of which there was a lot of controversy as whether he had an extra vote in the AGM apart from his casting vote.

"Normally, members have equal voting right with Chairman having casting vote in case of a tie. However, in the BCCI elections in the past, the Chairman has been exercising an extra vote. In my opinion, this needs to clarified either by a suitable amendment or a clarification by the court for future guidance," the former CEC observed.

He felt Cricket Board's Constitution has to spell out correct procedures for new Associations applying for BCCI membership and because of the stakes involved in the was flooded with representations and counter-representations till last minute.

"It is pertinent to note that in some States, there is more than one Association, while, in others, there is no Association. Though there is a procedure for new Associations applying for membership by becoming a full member, some have been making claims for full membership on the basis of change of name. Perhaps, the Constitution has to spell out the correct procedure in this regard," he said.

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