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Sourav Ganguly, Rajeev Shukla in BCCI’s 7-member panel to oversee Lodha reforms

Sourav Ganguly is part of the seven-member committee that will implement the Justice Lodha panel reforms. The committee will be chaired by Rajeev Shukla and the responsibility will be on identifying key points that are difficult to implement.

cricket Updated: Jul 08, 2017 22:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Sourav Ganguly,Rajeev Shukla,Lodha Panel
Sourav Ganguly will be part of a special seven-member committee that will be chaired by Rajeev Shukla and they will look into implementing the Lodha Panel reforms as soon as possible.(PTI)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the formation of a special seven-member committee to identify the ‘few critical points’ for the general body of the cricket board to consider before they are submitted to the Supreme Court. This committee will be responsible for identifying those points that are difficult to be implemented, in regards to the Justice RM Lodha Committee reforms.

The seven-member committee has Rajeev Shukla, former India captain and member of the three members BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Sourav Ganguly, Naba Bhattacharjee, TC Mathew, Jay Shah, Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary.

During the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) on Monday in Mumbai, it was decided that the Indian cricket board will be forming a committee of its own to ‘identify exceptional and extremely limited areas of difficulty’, according to ESPNCricinfo. On Tuesday afternoon, the BCCI announced the names of all the seven members of the committee.

The formation of this committee by the BCCI is being considered as yet another move from the Indian cricket board to delay the implementations of the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee.

At the same time, the board’s former president N Srinivasan attended the meeting held in Mumbai as a representative of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA). One of the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee talks about not allowing any individual who is more than 70-years-old, and, who has already completed nine years in cricket administration.

On these conditions, Srinivasan falls in the ineligible criteria as he is 72-years-old, and has also completed his nine years in the office at both TNCA and the BCCI.

The BCCI said in a release, “In terms of the decision taken in the Special General Meeting held at the Cricket Centre, Mumbai on June 26, 2017 with regard to the issues relating to the implementation of the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated July 18, 2016, the undersigned is pleased to announce the following seven-member committee to identify the few critical points in respect of the said judgement for the General Body of the BCCI to consider before its submission to the Hon’ble Supreme Court.”

Since the hearing on the matter of the implementation of the Lodha Committee reforms is set for July 14, 2017, the BCCI has asked the recently-formed committee to treat their task with ‘utmost urgency’ and circulate a written report by July 10.

The committee has also been asked to keep updating CK Khanna, the BCCI acting president, over the progress and their report will be submitted to him. Khanna will be submitting the committee’s report to the BCCI general body.

The BCCI’s objection with the age-cap rule is interesting, especially with its former president N Srinivasan — being 72-years-old — turning up for the BCCI SGM in Mumbai as a representative of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).

Srinivasan, who has completed nine years in service at both TNCA and BCCI, reportedly yelled at a journalist outside the BCCI SGM venue, when asked about in what capacity he attended the meeting. “Where are you from, which channel,” said Srinivasan, according to NDTV.

First Published: Jun 27, 2017 15:54 IST