BCCI's top officials to meet Lodha committee members on August 9
The two most powerful members in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) – president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke – will meet the Lodha committee members in the national capital of Delhi on August 9 as it seeks clarifications on a way ahead after the honourable Supreme Court of India ordered on Monday the BCCI to honour most of the recommendations made by the committee within a time frame of six months.
A number of changes have been suggested in the very manner of functioning of the BCCI and the various state associations which till now had a sort of autonomous functioning. One post per person, one-vote rule and the prevention of ministers and civil servants as well as those who are more than 70 years old are some of the suggestions which are sure to make a huge impact on proceedings.
While the BCCI has made not any official statement after the Supreme Court on Monday, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla had responded claiming that the BCCI will be respecting the apex court’s directive. Various state associations have been trying to contact the BCCI for clarifications but the only response has been that a clear directive will be issued only once the legal team meets next week to study the court order in greater detail.
The Lodha committee had also asked the state associations, through the BCCI to defer their scheduled elections till further notice – something the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) paid heed to. Both the state associations had made it clear that the decision to cancel the elections were being taken due to the Supreme Court order.
“We had an emergency managing committee meeting and have unanimously decided to postpone the elections as per the directions of the Supreme Court. They will tell us about the constitution of the [managing] committee as per the Lodha recommendations,” KSCA secretary Brijesh Patel had said.
He also sounded a bit agitated at a lack of response from the parent body on how the recommendations were going to be implemented.
"Let them come out with, if there will be a president, three vice-presidents, or one vice-president or will there be an apex council. There is no clarity on that," he added.
The Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association, however, went ahead with their elections and in a direct violation of the Lodha Committee directive, elected Imran Raza Ansari, a serving minister at the state level, as JKCA president. The above decision is most likely to be rescinded as it is legally invalid.