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GCA president Vinod Phadke will not be allowed to participate in the affairs of the body © AFP (Generic Representation)

Panaji: Sep 16, 2014

The state government has granted additional time to the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) to reply to the show cause notice which threatened to derecognise the cricketing body. Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) Executive Director Sandip Jacques in a communication to the GCA has given time until September 22 for the body to reply to the show cause notice.

The cricketing body would have to explain why it should not be derecognised for failing to adhere to Justice Pendse Commission recommendations, which had ruled that current GCA president Vinod Phadke should not be allowed to participate in the affairs of the body. SAG Executive Director Sandip Jacques had issued the show cause notice on August 27, after which Phadke had asked for 15 days’ time to respond.

Confirming that the SAG has extended the time limit to respond to its notice, GCA’s acting president Shekhar Salkar said that an urgent managing committee meeting would be convened within two days to decide the response to the show cause notice. “The committee will meet and deliberate about the reply. We also have to decide who will represent GCA at the meeting called by the Board of Cricket Control of India on September 26,” Salkar said.

Justice Pendse Commission, which probed the infamous 2001 India-Australia match ticket scam, had recommended that current GCA president Phadke should not be allowed to participate in the affairs of the body. On September 3, the managing committee meeting had withdrawn all powers of Phadke, to save itself from being derecognised by the Goa state government.

Meanwhile, the Goa government has decided to constitute a two-member committee to probe financial frauds allegedly committed by the GCA from 2001 to 2010, a senior official said here today. The Goa state sports ministry has already cleared a file to enable the two-member committee investigate financial irregularities alleged committed for over ten years, ending 2010, when the GCA was headed by former Congress minister Dayanand Narvekar.The committee is expected to submit its report within a couple of months, which would expose financial dealings in the cricketing body, which became controversial after the infamous 2001 India-Australia match ticket scam, a senior official from the Goa sports ministry said. He said that all transactions during the ten years would be probed.