New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) In 2012, the Indian Sports Ministry asked all the national sports federations (NSFs) to make provision for “at least 10 per cent of its total membership” to women, besides the 25 per cent membership and voting rights it envisaged for the government-nominated athletes on the executive committees of the NSFs.
But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would have none of it — it can only afford to snub the sports ministry, like it did.Adv.
In a 39-page, strongly-worded reply to the Ministry, the BCCI straightaway rejected the instructions.
“Cricket for women is no doubt conducted under the aegis of the BCCI, but (it) has never attracted even a fraction of the popularity associated with the men’s team,” it wrote.
“Our members would never accept such an illegal imposition of women having membership and voting rights over cricketing matters concerning the men’s team. In fact, this provision is downright absurd as far as the BCCI is concerned. The end result of these changes would dilute the voting rights of the existing members by 35 per cent (25+10 per cent) and that is reason enough to drop these provisions,” the Board added.