TNCA still not compliant with Lodha recommendations, reveals CoA

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The CoA, on Thursday, informed the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association that their recently-registered state association constitution isn't compliant with the Lodha recommendations. Yesterday, TNCA appointed Rupa Gurunath - daughter of N Srinivasan - as the first female president of a BCCI state unit.

In a rather unpredictable move, N Srinivasan backed his daughter Rupa Gurunath for the position of TNCA president as she was unanimously elected for the position. She has never held an administrative position in cricket before and was not a member of the TNCA but being the full-time director at India Cements, she owns the Chennai Super Kings team in the IPL.

While many thought it would be the end of many controversies surrounding TNCA in the recent times, the Committee of Administrators (COA) informed the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association that their recently-registered state association constitution isn't compliant with the Lodha recommendations. As reported by Cricbuzz, CoA found a total of 21 points where the TNCA is not compliant and revealed that the failure to align to the proposed changes would result in them being ineligible for BCCI's annual general meeting, which is set to take place on October 23.

The CoA wrote, "various amendments have been made by TNCA in the Amended Constitution on a deliberate misinterpretation of the order dated 20th September, 2019," and added that they are non-compliant as per "articles 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33 and 34," reported Cricbuzz.

In the election, TNCA has elected two vice-presidents but the CoA has clearly stated that no state associations can have more than one. 

"The CoA further clarifies that the Hon'ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 20th September 2019 in no manner permits removal of all disqualifications in relation to Members of the Apex Council, as has been effected by TNCA in its Amended Constitution by removal of Rule 14 (3) to (5)," the CoA email further stated.

TNCA has time until October 4, 2019, to amend its constitution in order to be eligible for BCCI's AGM on October 23. However, multiple members of the state body have taken the stand stating that they have amended their constitution as per the orders of the Supreme Court and may not heed to CoA's directions on the proposed changes.

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