Samantha Lobatto first female rep in MCA apex council
MUMBAI: Former India wicketkeeper Samantha Lobatto is the first female representative of the Indian Cricket Association (ICA) in the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) apex council .
After receiving no nominations in the female category for its Mumbai chapter, the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) chose to approach Lobatto, who gave her consent for the position, during their first Board meeting on Wednesday at the BCCI HQ here.
Lobatto, who played three ODIs and an equal number of T20 Internationals for India women’s team in 2011 and former First-Class player Kiran Powar will now be the two player representatives in the MCA’s apex council, which is headed by Vijay Patil. The council now has 16 members, which just a state government nominated CAG representative left to be appointed.
Similarly, Jairaj Mehta has been finalised as the male representative in the Maharashtra chapter of ICA. He can now sit in the meetings of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA).
“Like Mumbai, there are many associations, especially those from the NorthEast, where there’s no nominee in the female or male category, We’ve decided to approach people individually and appoint them for these positions,” said a former cricketrer after the meeting. The next meeting of the ICA Board is scheduled to be held on November 1. At the moment, it’s not clear now if Anshuman Gaekwad or Shantha Rangaswamy, the two BCCI Apex Council representatives of ICA, will be invited by the BCCI for its Annual General Meeting (AGM).