Distribution of IPL passes should be made public: Shetty

The two-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) authorized to run the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) by the Bombay High Court continues to face ‘bouncers’ from veteran cricket administrator prof Ratnakar Shetty.

After writing an e-mail to the CoA about seeking to know the progress on the draft constitution, TOI has learnt that Shetty has shot off another email to the committee in June, this time asking its members, retired judges HL Gokhale and VM Kanade, to refrain from appearing on stage in post-match ceremonies during the IPL apart from making the distribution of IPL tickets public on the MCA’s website.

“Dear Sirs, it’s sad that you were not briefed properly about the presentation function post-IPL matches. For eminent retired judges like you to merely stand there during presentation was really awkward. I wish somebody had given you an idea of the same. The CoA whether BCCI or at DDCA or HCA politely refused the offer,” Shetty says in the email. TOI has a copy of that mail.

“As per the decision of the General Body, the distribution of tickets in the IPL are displayed on the website of MCA, however this time, even after two weeks from the last game, the information is not put up. Please advise the concerned people to put up the chart on the website, match-wise,” he concludes.

Apart from Shetty, former managing committee member Ravi Mandrekar, who represents Gaud Saraswat cricket club in the MCA, too wants the CoA to put up the distribution of IPL tickets on the association’s website, besides preparing an amended draft constitution as per the Lodha reforms, regardless of the Supreme Court’s verdict on July 5.

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