BCCI accepts some, rejects key proposals of Lodha Committee

Mumbai: Fearing more strictures from the apex court, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at last accepted some of the recommendations of the Lodha Committee at a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday. However, it left  out some key recommendations.

According to news reports, on the second day of SGM, the full members voted on every major issue in the judgment and gave reasons why they were accepting or rejecting the recommendations.

The BCCI said in a statement that the board had unanimously adopted some significant recommendations made by the Lodha panel. Among these are:

  • Formation of various committees, including those for the differently-abled and women.
  • Induction of a representative of Comptroller and Auditor General as a member of the Apex Council as well as the IPL Governing Council.
  • Formation of the players association and their representation on the panel. CEO has been authorised to contact the steering committee as proposed and commence the formation of the cricket players association.

Agent Registration Norms were also adopted.

  • Voting rights to the Associate Members as per the International Cricket Council guidelines.
  • Puducherry to be granted associate membership as proposed.
  • Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials, Anti-Doping Code, Anti-Racism Code, Anti-Corruption Code and Operational Rules for the next IPL season.
  • Formation of apex council with some modifications.

The BCCI rejected reforms pertaining to the one-state one-vote policy, the age limit of 70 years for office bearers of the board, and cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators.

The board also decided to continue with the five-selector policy and retain the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board. The Lodha panel has asked the BCCI to form a three-member selection committee.

The Lodha Committee took particular exception to several of the decisions taken at the BCCI AGM in Mumbai on September 21. It said that the unanimous selection of Ajay Shirke as secretary, the constitution of the all-India selection committees, the decision to authorise the president and the secretary to appoint a new ombudsman following the completion of the tenure of Justice AP Shah, the move to have Anurag Thakur representing the BCCI in the ICC and the Asian Cricket Council with Sharad Pawar as the alternate director for ICC meetings and Shirke as the BCCI representative in the ICC chief executive committee meeting were all in violation of the directives issued by the Lodha committee on August 31.

Post the meeting, BCCI President Anurag Thakur spoke to the media and said the board will be sending their response to the Supreme Court and replying with their reasoning of why certain recommendations were not accepted – for legal reasons or otherwise.

The BCCI has time till October 6 to respond to the Lodha panel status report submitted to the Supreme Court last week.

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