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BCCI panel short-lists ‘difficult’ Lodha reforms
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BCCI panel short-lists ‘difficult’ Lodha reforms
Drops opposition to age-cap of 70 for office-bearers
The BCCI’s special committee — tasked with identifying “difficult to implement” Lodha panel reforms — has come up with a list of four.
After its meeting here on Saturday, the committee dropped its reservations about the composition of selection panels and the age-cap of 70 for office-bearers.
The issues that remain from the committee’s first meeting are: one State, one vote; the three-year cooling-off period; the demarcation of the functions of appointed professionals and elected office-bearers; the tenure of Apex Council members.
The outcome of the meeting assumes significance because the special committee appears to have changed minds and cobbled up enough support to tell the Supreme Court on July 14 that the BCCI is ready to embrace reform — while seeking the court’s benevolence on four issues.
BCCI acting-secretary Amitabh Choudhary was able to obtain a majority decision from a committee which was missing T.C. Mathew and Sourav Ganguly, who were not in the country.
At the special committee’s first meeting on July 1, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, Mathew and special invitee Niranjan Shah had opposed seven reforms.
It’s hard to believe that Chaudhary would have consented to issues he had pointed out were difficult to implement. Niranjan Shah seems to have accepted the age-cap, and clearly the likes of Rajeev Shukla, Choudhary and Jay Shah want to move forward. “Jay was following the advice of his father (BJP president Amit Shah) to move away from confronting the Court,” said an official close to the developments.
The committee consulted members and former office-bearers who had blocked a resolution at the Special General Meeting (SGM) here on June 26, and it has been encouraged to convene an SGM before July 14.
“We will issue the notice soon,” said Choudhary. “The SGM will be held in New Delhi on July 11. The age-cap is fine. There is a school of thought [that it should go], but collectively, the committee felt that it’s not an issue. We are fine with three-member selection committees.”
The BCCI’s special committee — tasked with identifying “difficult to implement” Lodha panel reforms — has come up with a list of four.

After its meeting here on Saturday, the committee dropped its reservations about the composition of selection panels and the age-cap of 70 for office-bearers.

The issues that remain from the committee’s first meeting are: one State, one vote; the three-year cooling-off period; the demarcation of the functions of appointed professionals and elected office-bearers; the tenure of Apex Council members.

The outcome of the meeting assumes significance because the special committee appears to have changed minds and cobbled up enough support to tell the Supreme Court on July 14 that the BCCI is ready to embrace reform — while seeking the court’s benevolence on four issues.

BCCI acting-secretary Amitabh Choudhary was able to obtain a majority decision from a committee which was missing T.C. Mathew and Sourav Ganguly, who were not in the country.

At the special committee’s first meeting on July 1, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, Mathew and special invitee Niranjan Shah had opposed seven reforms.

It’s hard to believe that Chaudhary would have consented to issues he had pointed out were difficult to implement. Niranjan Shah seems to have accepted the age-cap, and clearly the likes of Rajeev Shukla, Choudhary and Jay Shah want to move forward. “Jay was following the advice of his father (BJP president Amit Shah) to move away from confronting the Court,” said an official close to the developments.

The committee consulted members and former office-bearers who had blocked a resolution at the Special General Meeting (SGM) here on June 26, and it has been encouraged to convene an SGM before July 14.

“We will issue the notice soon,” said Choudhary. “The SGM will be held in New Delhi on July 11. The age-cap is fine. There is a school of thought [that it should go], but collectively, the committee felt that it’s not an issue. We are fine with three-member selection committees.”

(Courtesy: The Hindu)

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