October 7 is likely to be a landmark day in the history of Indian cricket. If the Supreme Court goes for sweeping changes, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could change forever from top to bottom.
The first casualty should be the entire coterie of BCCI office-bearers but right now these people look most likely to get the axe:
The Lodha Committee recommends that a minister or government servant shouldn’t be part of the BCCI. Anurag Thakur is an MP but not a minister. However, he might face the axe since the Supreme Court might want the rebuilding process to start from scratch.
Thakur’s is a curious case of a Himachal Pradesh player featuring in just one first-class match in 2000 after he had become the president of that association. He needed that match to be eligible for the junior selection committee. He didn’t bother the scorers but got the all important match to climb his way up the BCCI ladder.
Questions are floating whether the BCCI secretary can keep his post, especially after it was alleged that he could be held guilty of defamation after “circulating a letter that defamed Lodha Committee members”.
Shirke was one of the first administrators who had hit out against N Srinivasan’s regime at the BCCI when the IPL corruption scandal broke out. But his continuous opposition of the Lodha reforms and delaying its implementation could be the reason why the Supreme Court might remove him.
Selectors Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe
New selectors Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe could face the axe as their appointments were in direct violation of the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.
Both Khoda and Paranjpe have never played Test cricket, which the Lodha Committee made mandatory for appointment in the senior selection panel, which they wanted to be restricted to three members . If they are removed, questions will rise over the team that was selected for the New Zealand ODI series on Thursday. That possibility appears unlikely, however.