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You can't just single out cricket: Niranjan Shah

By Rashmi Nanda -


Niranjan Shah, the most experienced active administrator of the Board of Control for Cricket in India asked the Supreme Court appointed the Justice RM Lodha committee why they are just targeting cricket?

Yesterday, while watching Ranji Trophy semi-final between Tamil Nadu and Mumbai, Shah told Mid-Day, "You can't just single out cricket. You should make rules and regulations for any sphere in life, not only for cricket. Yes, we are a popular body, but we are like other sporting associations as well."

Shah said on the recent resignation of Sharad Pawar as president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, "It may be his (Pawar) personal decision, but anyone can get frustrated with this type of atmosphere. We don't know what tomorrow has in store for us. We (administrators) are all very frustrated. What wrong have we done, we don't know."

The Lodha Panel recommended that the one state, one vote and 70-year age cap for the administrators, which are the major concerns for the BCCI, felt the head of the Saurashtra Cricket Association. 

Niranjan Shah stressed, "Again, why single out cricket in the age restriction? What is the basis of this 70-year age cap? And, what is this cooling off period regulation? BCCI is already following a three-year term for its administrators," 

It could be finished for the likes of him soon, realized the veteran administrator. Shah concluded, “Whatever the Supreme Court rules, we will have to obey. We realize that our fate is the hands of the Supreme Court."