There are two sets of Memorandum of Association, Rules and Regulations on the BCCI website (bcci.tv). The first one is around which the present 31 members, including Chhattisgarh, conduct their cricket affairs and the second is authored by the Justice Lodha Committee and which the Supreme Court wants the BCCI to implement.
Explaining the CoA’s reason for putting the Lodha Committee version, an official said: “The body is the same, but we have given clarification with regard to the maximum nine-year term of office bearers (at the BCCI and State level) with cooling off period of three years after every term of three years each. There are other clarifications also.”
The CoA has obtained clarity on the question of government servant (as referred to in the Lodha Committee report) or public servant (as referred to in the Supreme Court order of July 19, 2016).
There is no clarity though with regard to the term of office for managing / executive / governing body members (not defined as office-bearers) who are in doubt about their status and have taken up the matter with Justice Lodha and the CoA.
While the CoA has every right to believe that it is making an honest effort to follow the mandate given by the Supreme Court, the BCCI full members are hoping that the BJP government at the Centre brings in a sports bill to sort out all matters in one stroke.
Amit Shah, the BJP president, is also the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA). Should the Lodha reforms come into effect, he will go in to a cooling-off period for three years; not only him but also his son Jay, who is the GCA joint secretary.
Courtesy: The Hindu