New Delhi: Madan Lal, chairman of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), has slammed the 70-year age cap rule by saying that it is ‘rubbish’. The rule, that doesn’t permit the former Indian World Cupper to continue as the CAC member because he is above 70, is most religiously followed in the BCCI despite the officials ignoring the other rules approved by the Supreme Court.
“Fitness should be the yardstick for BCCI administration rather than age. If someone is above 70 years, he can’t just stop working. As long as one is fit and agile, one should continue working,” the former Indian coach and selector told India Ahead on Tuesday.
Madan Lal can’t even fight the DDCA election because of this 70-year age cap rule. “It should be like in England. If you are above 70 years of age, you are not supposed to have a driving licence. But there is a system of passing the fitness Test again after reapplying. We should also have something like that,” he suggested.
Madan Lal also expressed reservations against the 60-year-old age cap for selectors and coaches. “We can’t get more people because of this rule for coaches and selectors. We need to think about those who are fit,” he said.
The former pacer also advocated more India coaches into the system and hailed Ravi Shastri’s term as a golden period while complimenting Virat Kohli’s aggressive style of captaincy. He also backed Yuzvender Chahal to be in the World T20 team.
Madan Lal didn’t sound too happy with the Conflict of Interest rule either. “It should be defined well and the players shouldn’t be stopped from working as professionals in different jobs,” he suggested.
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