BCCI SGM still opposes five key Lodha Committee reform points

The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) held its Special General Meeting (SGM) on Wednesday, after which acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said due to ‘practical difficulties’ it was not possible to adopt some of the Lodha Committee reforms listed by the Supreme court-appointed panel.

cricket Updated: Jul 26, 2017 23:46 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The contentious Lodha Committee reform points that the BCCI did not implement include the age and tenure cap.(AFP)

The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) accepted all reforms recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel, except five contentious issues, including the age and tenure cap.

The Indian cricket board held its Special General Meeting (SGM) here on Wednesday, after which acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said due to ‘practical difficulties’ it was not possible to adopt some of the reforms listed by the Apex court-appointed panel.

“It was unanimously decided by the members present during the meeting that it wasn’t possible to adopt certain reforms. A resolution has been passed and details will be submitted to the Supreme Court,” Choudhary said.

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The SGM lasted over three hours. The BCCI acting secretary said issues that have not been accepted will be up for debate in the court, which has acknowledged “practical difficulties” in ratifying some. The next SC hearing is on August 18.

The contentious issues BCCI did not implement were the age cap of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years, tenure of nine years each at the state and BCCI and the fund distribution policy.

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The issue of membership --- one state, one vote -- wasn’t agreed to. Choudhary said since associate members were from government departments including Railways with full voting rights, an employee or the minister concerned will represent the department.

The BCCI also proposed an increase in the number of members in the Apex Council. “Currently the council comprises five (BCCI) members. During the SGM, members were of the opinion that it should be increased to six. Since India is huge country there is a proposal to add one vice-president.”

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The council includes president, secretary, treasurer, joint-secretary and vice-president. The plan is to add another vice-president.

Choudhary said the issue of conflict of interest is being sorted out. The BCCI has shortlisted names for the post of ombudsman.

The BCCI followed the Apex court directive to keep out former president N Srinivasan and ex-secretary Niranjan Shah from the SGM as only state unit office-bearers, and not representatives, were allowed. But it also kept out CEO Rahul Johri as he is a paid employee, arguing that only office-bearers were allowed.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 23:22 IST