Clearly unsettled by Supreme Court’s ratification of the Lodha Committee recommendations aimed at reforms, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is desperate to find a strategy to breathe easy.
At its Special General Body Meeting held in Delhi on Friday, the affiliates of the Board authorised President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke to interact with the Lodha Committee. Though several members left the venue within an hour of the start of the meeting, a few spoke to the waiting media on the condition of anonymity and the indications were clear that no headway was made this day.
The two Board functionaries are expected to meet the Lodha Committee on August 9 to discuss the way forward. The Court has given the Board six months to implement the reforms and the affiliates up to 18 months to fall in line.
The Board members are finding it difficult to deal with the many recommendations, particularly the ones that prevent an office-bearer from occupying office longer than a cumulative period of nineyears and holding any post after the age of 70, notwithstanding the three-year cooling-off period.
The State associations are not sure whether to follow their respective constitutions, or go by the recommendations of the Lodha Committee. A clearer picture is expected to emerge next week.