Does BBCI Want To Comply With Lodha Committee Recommendations?

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BCCI adjourned its special general meeting (SGM) on technical grounds on Friday. This meeting was called to discuss the administrative reforms proposed by the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee. The cancellation of the meeting means that BCCI has had to miss the first deadline to implement the sweeping changes in its administrative setup as per the Lodha Committee recommendations.

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BCCI was engulfed in a cloud of uncertainty and anxiety after Supreme Court on Wednesday asked it to respond why it hasn’t yet implemented the suggestions of the Lodha Committee. If the suggestions are to be implemented BCCI would lose its top bosses which include its present president Anurag Thakur. BCCI seemed to be a bit jittery after the recent jibe by the apex court for its non-compliance with the Lodha Committee suggestions.

The 30th September deadline was given to this cricket governing body to implement the first set of reforms. This is required for the adoption of the New Memorandum of Association and Rules for BCCI.

This SGM has differed until 1st of October. The reason cited by BCCI for the deferment was that BCCI unit members turned up in the meeting today without the proper authorization letter.

A member present at the 30th meeting said that the BCCI unit members who didn’t come with the letters were told to get the same in the next meeting .Reports suggest that BCCI, after filing a review petition against the Lodha Committee recommendation in the apex court, has been left with fewer options.

The Supreme court reprimanded BCCI after Lodha Committee submitted its status report to the court in which it suggested that BCCI had violated its recommendations in its recently held Annual General meeting.

Supreme Court has allowed BBCI time to respond to the status report till October 6th.

The present members of BCCI don’t seem to be convinced by the reforms put forth by the Supreme Court appointed Committee especially the reforms relating to a three year cooling off period and also the proposal of one state one vote policy.

BCCI has always taken a very aggressive stand against the recommendations by the Committee from the onset. In its show of defiance to the proposed recommendations, BCCI, in its last AGM, appointed the working Committee, standing Committees, selection panels with Ajay Shirke as secretary.

The Lodha Committee had specifically told BCCI to carry out only routine business in the last AGM .The Committee said “that any business or matters relating to the next year (2016-2017) be dealt with only after the adoption of the MoA and Rules as per the recommendations of the Committee in accordance with the same.”

It will be interesting to see what the BCCI does in its next scheduled SGM. Will it budge after the mounting pressure put on them by the apex court to implement the recommendations or will it still remain defiant?

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