In his comments on the petition filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India requesting amendments in the draft constitution of the board prepared as per the recommendations of Justice (retd) RM Lodha panel, Gopal Subramanium, who is assisting the Supreme Court as an Amicus Curiae in the case, has shot down most of the amendments sought by some of the state cricket associations.
Subramanium has stated in his submission to the Supreme Court that an increase in the number of selectors would be proper. "Having regard to the number of selectors required, the Amicus respectfully submits that the current number of 3 selectors can be increased to 5 subject to following the criteria. The Constitution may be amended as indicated in item 12-15 of Annexure A," he stated.
He also said that full membership for Railways can be accepted as an "exception". "Railways fields at least 90 per cent of the members of the Women's Cricket Team, i.e. who play for India in the national team. A question therefore arises whether Railways must be given a full membership. In view of the security of employment of the players from Railways as well as the ability to demonstrate playing skills and having regard to women's cricket as an integral part of Indian Cricket, it appears necessary to consider this as an exception.
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