In an email to all the state association on Tuesday, the Justice RM Lodha Committee made it clear that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or the state governing bodies cannot create posts such as, “adviser”, “assistant secretary”, “patron” or “deputy treasurer” just to accommodate those officials who have been holding office for years beyond the tenure cap.
According to the email, as per the new norms to ensure uniformity, there shall be only five office-bearer posts in any association: president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and joint secretary.
The committee had received emails and letters carrying queries and representations from state associations, members and former players, to clarify certain points in the recommendations.
The Lodha committee clarified that those office bearers of the state associations, who are not eligible to contest the next election, cannot stay in the association by appointing themselves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or similar managerial post after making amendments to the bye-laws.
The Committee said that the an office bearer is not an employee but holds a position of governance and that the post of a CEO amounts to full-time employment.
As per the Lodha Committee recommendations, which were ratified by the Apex Court, rules have to be framed to stipulate the eligibility, qualification, appointment and tenures of CEO and other managerial staff.
According to the committee, a person who has held a post in a state for nine years or more is still eligible to be a councilor/office bearer of the BCCI.
The nine- year cap applies either to office under the BCCI or separately in state associations. The period as office bearer under the state shall not be counted towards the period as office bearer of the BCCI, and vice versa.
The Committee clarification further reads: “Therefore, technically one individual can be an office bearer at the state association for nine years and separately an office bearer/councilor at the BCCI for another nine years, subject, of course, to the cooling-off period after each term.”
The committee has made it clear that if a prospective councilor or office bearer has held any of the five prescribed posts at the BCCI and the cumulative period of all those tenure is nine years or more, he is disqualified from contesting for any post.
According to the mail, this will apply to any person from the date of election, and will include the period of the date of the judgment which is July 18, 2016.