Ajay Shirke, the only top Board of Control for Cricket in India office-bearer who hasn't flown with the rest of the 46 members of the Board to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as part of a generous junket organised by Anurag Thakur, submitted the first compliance report to the Supreme Court-authorised Lodha Committee on August 25.
In an email sent last evening, the BCCI secretary attached a one-and-half page report that, among other things, suggested that the Board was preparing a list of all office bearers who need to vacate their respective chairs as mentioned in the Lodha committee recommendations and would circulate that list to all the members shortly. Sources said that this particular point addressed by Shirke in the compliance report wasn't even asked for in the 11 points raised by the Lodha committee in the first place. "I don't think it was discussed at the working committee either," a Board official said at the condition of anonymity.
The rest of the compliance report revolved around letting the Lodha panel know that the BCCI would take adequate steps to implement all recommendations. The first deadline to implement those recommendations falls in the second week of October.
The BCCI wasn't expected to submit this compliance report in the first place as some members of the Board had suggested, off the record, that the Board would instead wait for the review petition to be heard.
However, the review petition is unlikely to come up for hearing in due course because it is unlikely to be heard out of turn. "No application has been made in the court yet for the review petition to be heard on an urgent basis," a source said.
Meanwhile, the BCCI is pinning its hopes on the revised national sports bill tabled by the budget session of the parliament in 2017 which they hope is their likely saviour from undergoing the suggested structural changes. Sources further say this is a step being taken by the Board because they might have a very good idea already that the review petition is likely to be rejected by the apex court. "That is why, the amended sports bill can be their only hope but for that they will need a constitution amendment because they don't fall under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI)," an official in the know of things said.
This is a time-consuming procedure which the Board is looking to bank on, considering that tabling of a revised national sports bill post a thorough constitution amendment will depend on the sports ministry presenting the bill in the cabinet, which will then send it to the Parliamentary Standing Committee that alone can seek further amendments before being tabled in the Parliament.
"No wonder they (BCCI) have already finalised the date for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the Lodha panel is so unhappy about it," the source added.
Courtesy: The Times of India