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OCA president, secretary resign following Lodha panel recommendations

 Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) President Ranjib Biswal, Secretary Asirbad Behera and other office-bearers of the association stepped down from their posts on Wednesday following the recommendations of the Lodha Committee and direction of the Supreme Court.

The move comes after the Supreme Court dismissed Anurag Thakur as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President and Ajay Shirke as its Secretary.

Behera stepped down since he is 70-year-old, and Biswal resigned as per the three-year cooling off period rule.

"Respecting the Supreme Court ruling and Lodha Committee recommendations, I stepped down from the post," said Biswal.

"After getting the Supreme Court's order by mail through BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on January 2, I held a meeting with all the 18 office-bearers of the OCA today. We unanimously decided to handover all the charges," said Behera.

Meanwhile, a management committee has been formed to oversee arrangements for the second One-Day International (ODI) between India and England scheduled to be held at the Barabati Stadium here on January 19.

Cuttack MLA Debashish Samantaray, who is the chairman of the organising committee, will oversee the match preparations.

"I have been chairman of the organising committee for past several years. There is nothing new in it. I will try my best to smoothly conduct the ODI match," said Samantaray.


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