THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On a day when the Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided to extend the September 14 deadline for the BCCI’s state units to conduct their elections by two more weeks, it has become clear that the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) will have its new set of office-bearers, without major changes to the present dispensation, that too sans a voting process.
Jayesh George, who had served the state association as a joint-secretary, treasurer and secretary in the past, is set to become the president unopposed as no other nominations had been received by the electoral officer K Sasidharan Nair till September 5, Thursday, the last date of filing nominations. For the other office-bearer positions also, no nominations apart from an official panel headed by Jayesh have been filed.
This means the electoral officer can declare the outcome as early as on Saturday and the new office-bearers are likely to assume charge soon after the results are out though the move may be questioned at the Special General Body meeting that is scheduled to be held on September 14.
Sreejith V Nair, the incumbent secretary, will continue to hold the position much like joint-secretary Rejith V Rajendran and treasurer KM Abdul Rahman. Jaffer Sait of Wayanad district association will be the new vice-president. Jagadish Trivedi will be an apex council member. It can be summarised that status-quo will be maintained, more or less, in the KCA, a state association that has given an undertaking that they have complied with the Lodha recommendations.
However, quite ironically, in the first elections post Lodha reforms, the old guard is set to continue their rule in the state cricket association.
As per the BCCI’s new constitution, a state unit can have only one voting member from a district association for electing the office-bearers. The electoral officer has not accepted any voter from the dormant Thrissur district association. This means 13 members plus Tinu Yohannan, as an international player from the state, were part of the voters’ list.
However, the new KCA office-bearers are likely to face legal challenges questioning their eligibility. The BCCI constitution mandates that an office-bearer has to undergo a cooling-off period of three years after two consecutive terms aggregating to six years or more. While the present administration maintains that they are yet to exceed the limit, there are dissenting voices in the state cricket circle.
“I was an office-bearer from June 21, 2013 to July 7, 2018. I still have 11 months to complete the six-year term. If I am not qualified, the electoral officer would have disqualified me. People who are challenging the elections, let them go to the court, said Jayesh.
Though it is certain that Jayesh and his men are all set to assume charge at KCA, it may not be the end of the matter as several members are unhappy with the election process and are looking challenge it in court.
“Three persons in this panel are not eligible to contest. We will be challenging these elections in the court as early as possible,” said Pramod K, a former member of KCA.
The electoral officer, though, maintains that all the nominations satisfy the eligibility criteria. “I have not received any objections before the scrutiny of the nominations. I found all the nominations meeting the eligibility norms. Since no opposing candidates have come up, the new office-bearers can be announced by tomorrow (Saturday), the last date of withdrawal,” said Sasidharan Nair.