MUMBAI, May 4 -- In an important step towards implementation of the Lodha reforms, a cricketers' association has been approved by the Committee of Administrators (CoA).

This will be the first time in Indian cricket that a players' body will be formed.

In line with the Lodha Committee recommendations, two members (one male and one female) of the proposed players' association will have to be included in the Apex Council, which will be the all-powerful decision-making body for cricket in India.

There will also be one player representative in the Indian Premier League Governing Council.

The process of registration and putting it up in front of the Supreme Court will be carried out simultaneously and the association should be in place in a m...