The BCCI cannot hold its forthcoming (87th) Annual General Meeting (AGM) until it is allowed by the Lodha Committee. A source close to the Supreme Court-appointed panel said this on the eve of the cricket board’s working committee meeting, scheduled to take place in New Delhi on Monday.
The working committee meeting that follows the finance committee deliberation, has the approval of annual accounts as a main item on the agenda — a precursor to the AGM, scheduled in September.
But the BCCI might have to implement the Lodha Committee recommendations, the majority of which was accepted by the apex court in its July 18 order, before being granted permission to hold its AGM.
“They (BCCI) can’t have an AGM. No question… The panel will tell them what to do. They can’t decide on their own. The panel has given them a schedule (after) completion of which they will be given the direction, including about when to hold the AGM,” the source close to the Lodha Committee told The Indian Express.
A BCCI official reacted to this with a hint of sarcasm. “Even if we have to adopt the (new) constitution, we have to call a general body or an AGM,” he told this paper, adding: “We haven’t received anything regarding this in writing from the Lodha Committee. If they send it in writing we will react to that.”
The Lodha Committee stalled the Cricket Association of Bengal and Karnataka State Cricket Association’s AGMs, while declaring the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association elections null and void.
The BCCI’s compliance report to the panel, its content, will be up for discussion in Monday’s working committee meeting. The cricket board has to submit its first compliance report by August 25 with the deadline to implement the first set of proposed reforms being set on September 30. The next set in an 11-point programme has to be completed by October 15.
“We will submit our first compliance report on time and it’s for the members to decide the content,” said the board official.
Issues like amendments to the BCCI constitution and that of the state associations, rotation of voting rights in Maharashtra and Gujarat, Code of Conduct for the players and officials in the IPL, formation of a Players’ Association and amendments to Anti-Corruption Code might feature in the report. The BCCI has a filed a review petition challenging the Supreme Court order and terming it “unconstitutional”.
The petition also asked for Chief Justice of India TS Thakur’s recusal, alleging “prejudiced approach”. Meanwhile, the working committee will ratify Anil Kumble’s one-year contract as the Indian cricket team’s head coach.