In a major development, J&K Cricket Association's (JKCA) redrafted constitution has been approved and got registration from J&K Registrar of Societies. The revised constitution is likely to change the dynamics of the State's Cricket governing body,
The redrafted constitution submitted to the J&K Registrar of Societies in Srinagar by the J&K High Court appointed administrators including Justice CK Prasad, retired judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Syed Rafat Alam, retired Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh and Allahabad High Courts and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Syed Ashquie Hussain Bukhari, has got the approval and registration from the society office on Wednesday.
The new Constitution prepared by the administrators and the CEO of JKCA on the directions of the J&K High Court, is in line with the recommendations of the Lodha Committee appointed by the Supreme Court of India.
Even though the copy of the approved redrafted Constitution has not been made public yet, but the sources have expressed that in the revised Constitution, there is no provision for club-based membership in the main body of JKCA. Instead, the new constitution has provided for equal rights to all the districts of the State.
Once implemented, it will be first time in the history of cricket body of the State that all the districts of State will get equal representation. Since its inception in 1957 and getting affiliation from BCCI in 1958, JKCA is club-based body with unequal representation of districts. Under the existing constitution, the cricket association has only 32 registered clubs enjoying voting rights which include seven clubs owned by the Government institutions. Except Srinagar, Jammu, Baramulla and Udhampur, no other district of the State has got any representation in the J&K cricket body. As a result, these districts do not have any rights in the decision making process of cricket governing body of J&K. Moreover, under the existing Constitution of JKCA, inclusion of a new member requires constitutional amendment, which was a tedious task.
The process of amending the constitution and redrafting it started earlier this year with JKCA CEO Syed Ashquie Bukhari issuing public notice on January 4.
"JKCA is proposing to amend the rules of JKCA framed in 1957, in terms of Division bench of High Court, J&K directions vide its order delivered on December , 6-2017. For this comments, suggestions are invited from public in general and cricket loving people in particular. In order to have a broad deliberation on amendment of rules," a notice issued by JKCA CEO read.
Commenting on the revision of the Constitution, a JKCA official said that it is a major development in the history of J&K cricket body. With the implementation of the revised Constitution, all the cricketers of the state will have fair representation in the decision making process.
"With equal rights to all districts of State and the clubs that belong to those districts, JKCA will become true representative of cricketers. The Constitution has been redrafted as per Lodha Panel recommendations. Each district will have three representatives in the main body of JKCA who will be elected through elections of district bodies. In the new constitution there is no provision for club-based membership in main body," said a JKCA official.
"We have sent the approved copy of the redrafted Constitution to BCCI, the J&K High Court and the Supreme Court of India," he said.
About the resentment from club members who have been running the JKCA from decades, he said, "The reaction of the existing club members is obvious as they can go to any extent to halt this positive change. We are taking JKCA out of a few privileged ones and handing it over to cricketers of the state".