The Cricket Board's General Manager (game development) Ratnakar Shetty said he will be attending tommorow's AGM and will question the Association on various issues. The annual general meeting will preceed the biennial MCA election, to be held tomorrow.
MCA's long-time administrator Shetty, however, has been debarred from contesting the polls as he's a paid employee of MCA's parent body BCCI. "As far as I am concerned, I am not eligible to contest and vote but I am eligible to attend the AGM tomorrow. We have put up a panel to contest in this election. The AGM is important because there are several important issues that will be highlighted," Shetty told reporters here.
Shetty was banned for five years by the Mumbai Cricket Association for alleging that some MCA office bearers could had sold tickets for an India-Pakistan T20 international at Ahmedabad last year in the black market, in the last AGM. He however, got a stay on the ban recently. He said the AGM is a platform to voice concerns and the members should be allowed to do that. He said that the Association had incurred huge expenses on account of the court cases it had against its own members. "The issue of expenses that the association has incurred on court cases against its own members in the last four months due to ego and personal vendetta. There was a time when the indoor academy did not function for almost one year, because enough funds was not available. Today, we are spending Rs 50-60 lakh on court cases," he said.
Shetty said his group will raise the issue of the revision of format to play matches on weekdays, which is affecting the office clubs. "The tournament format that have been introduced, the problems which are faced by the office clubs. Slowly the office clubs are facing the difficulties. Provident fund Bhavishya Nidhi has withdrawn from Times Shield C division, because their office refused to give seven weeks of leave for league matches. There will be more teams which would slowly withdraw, because banks and other institutions are finding it difficult to release people on weekdays to play the matches.
"Our issue is that when the revision of tournaments were decided it should have been debated. The office clubs who are involved should have been called, discussed with them. Their difficulty should have been found out. The maidan clubs are not better off. They are facing the same problems. One of the major problems both office and maidan clubs are facing is of the financial expenses that are involved with increased number of matches they have to play. The ground charges have been increased, the umpire charges have been increased.
"Therefore they are finding it difficult to meet the expenses. MCA had a simple solution to all of this. We have given you four members of Kandivali and you should should have collected the donations for running this tournament. I don't think this is correct. What is proper for clubs to run is that they have to be protected and their interest has to be protected at all times," Shetty said.
He added that the members have passed various resolutions which should be discussed in the AGM. "There are resoltuions which members have moved. The managing committee is of the opinion that these resolutions cannot be put up for discussion tomorrow. We are going to oppose that. The resolutions which have been moved are actually in interest of maidan clubs and office clubs, who are already struggling. What they are asking is a small percentage of the income that is generated in the MCA to be shared among the clubs, in terms of financial assistance to the clubs," he said.