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BCCI told new statute must be in place before September AGM

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is trying ways to avoid implementing some of the reforms suggested by the Justice RM Lodha panel, but will have to adopt new constitution before September AGM, says the Supreme Court committee.

cricket Updated: Jul 01, 2017 20:15 IST
Former CAG and head of the Supreme Court-appointed COA, Vinod Rai, said the body will fulfil the mandate given to it by Supreme Court, in terms of bringing in reforms at BCCI.
Former CAG and head of the Supreme Court-appointed COA, Vinod Rai, said the body will fulfil the mandate given to it by Supreme Court, in terms of bringing in reforms at BCCI.(PTI)

Despite the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members putting up stiff resistence to implement the Lodha Committee reforms, Committee of Administrators chairman Vinod Rai is confident it can fulfil the Supreme Court mandate.

The CoA, down to three members after Ramchandra Guha’s resignation, was asked by the Apex court to implement its order of July 18 last year.

However, criticism is growing with the CoA unable to make any breakthrough in implementing the Lodha report since being formed in January.

Rai is optimistic the October deadline set by the CoA to implement the reforms will be met despite the BCCI’s dilly-dallying tactics.

“The timeline remains the same, the (BCCI) AGM is in September. A new constitution will either be adopted by the SGM or the Supreme Court will direct. Then the AGM will meet.

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“I am hoping by October 31 our work will be done as the new office-bearers would have been elected as per the new constitution,” Rai said after a meeting at the BCCI headquarters here on Saturday.

The BCCI SGM on July 27 has made the CoA’s task tougher after deciding to form a special committee to study the difficulties in accepting certain reforms suggested by the Lodha panel.

“There is no question of being disappointed or not,” Rai said when asked about the SGM’s outcome. “We have a mandate to fulfil and we are geared up to fulfil it whether the SGM takes a decision this way or that.”

The CoA had met the state associations, trying to convince them to adopt some of the Lodha reforms in the SGM. “We were building a consensus (among the members) but if the consensus is not built, we will have to implement the mandate. It’s as simple as that,” the former CAG said.

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“Whether the (BCCI) members implement or not the (Supreme) Court’s directive is to implement the order and that will be done,” Rai said.

The BCCI’s seven-member committee with former secretary Niranjan Shah as special invitee met in New Delhi on Saturday, but it is learnt no headway was made. The members discussed various options for the tenure clause.

One suggestion on the cooling-off period recommended by the Lodha report was to have a 12-year tenure for office-bearers as proposed in the National Sports Code draft.

“One suggestion was that office-bearers can have two straight terms of four years followed by a four-year cooling off and a third (final) term of four years,” a committee member was quoted as saying by PTI. The other proposal was to have a continuous nine-year term without any cooling-off period.

The Lodha Committee report says the tenure must be for a cumulative period of nine years for any BCCI office-bearer (separate nine years for state units) with a three-year cooling off between each term.

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Edulji questions BCCI reopening coach application process

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) member and former women’s team skipper Diana Edulji had raised objections to the BCCI’s decision to reopen the application process to appoint a new India coach.

According to the minutes of the CoA’s June 24 meeting, Edulji asked why an advertisement extending the date was released without the CoA’s knowledge.

She said the coach should have been selected from the applications that had already been received when Anil Kumble stepped down. The BCCI CEO Rahul Johri justified reopening the process arguing that potential candidates may not have applied the first time around as Kumble was still in the fray.

Edulji then asked for her objection to be recorded.

However, CoA chairman Vinod Rai has no issues. “I am okay with extension of the deadline,” Rai said on Saturday.

The BCCI’s decision to extend the deadline is seen as a ploy to get former team director Ravi Shastri back. Shastri recently confirmed applying for the post.