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Odisha Cricket Association Election Put On Hold

**Cuttack:** The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) on Sunday decided to put its election on hold as per the directive of the Supreme Court.

The decision regarding this was taken at the annual general meeting held here on Sunday morning.

After the meeting, OCA secretary Asirbad Behera said as per the directive of the Supreme Court, OCA decided to put the election on hold till further orders of the apex court.

“The election for the year 2016 was scheduled in October this year. Since the BCCI has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court and the matter is sub judice, the election will be held only after the apex court gives its order. Since OCA is the affiliated unit of BCCI, we are waiting for decision of the BCCI and the Supreme Court as per the recommendation of the Lodha Committee”, Behera said.

Speaking on age-fudging allegations, the OCA secretary said it was decided that there will be two separate and permanent committees for boys and girls to verify the age of the players who are selected in the district level to play for the state. As per the guidelines of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the players will have to submit the affidavit on their age signed by their guardians which has to be certified by the executive magistrate. The OCA secretary has been authorised to declare the formation of the two committees—one for the boys under 16, 19 and 23 years of age and the other for the girls under 19 and 23 years of age. Each committee will have three members and a doctor,” Behera informed.

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