BCCI forms panel to interact with Lodha committee

In an attempt to resolve several complexities arising out of the landmark Supreme Court judgement on administrative facelift of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and its affiliated units, the board has appointed a four-member panel of eminent lawyers to interact with the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R.M. Lodha committee.

R. M. Lodha Committee's recommendations were given a go-ahead to be followed by the Supreme Court.   -  PTI

In an attempt to resolve several complexities arising out of the landmark Supreme Court judgement on administrative facelift of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its affiliated units, the BCCI has appointed a four-member panel of eminent lawyers to interact with the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R. M. Lodha committee.

The decision to appoint a panel headed by retired Justice Markandey Katju was taken by the BCCI working committee during its meeting here on Tuesday. It was the first meeting of the BCCI’s governing body after the last month’s Supreme Court verdict.

“The members were in one voice of the view that the recommendations were complex and would involve large-scale changes to be implemented across the board. Many technical and legal aspects were likely to come up in the future,” said a BCCI statement.

“Considering the complexities of the issue, it was unanimously decided that a panel headed by a retired judge of the honourable Supreme Court assisted by three eminent counsels including Mr. Abhinav Mukerjee, the counsel of BCCI, be formed. This panel will be a single point interface for the BCCI to interact with the Justice Lodha Committee as well (as) advise and guide the BCCI. Accordingly, it was unanimously decided that honourable Justice Markandey Katju will head the said panel.”

Katju, a former Chief Justice of Madras High Court and Delhi High Court, retired as a Supreme Court judge in September 2011. He later served as the chairman of the Press Council of India. Justice Katju’s panel will now interact with the Lodha Committee on August 9.

Meanwhile, the BCCI has asked all its member units to jot down all its confusions and clarifications to be sought by the Lodha Committee and present it during the Special General Meeting, scheduled in Delhi on Friday (August 5). The grievances will then be forwarded to Justice Katju’s panel. Tuesday’s meeting was attended by several bigwigs, including Mumbai Cricket Association and Cricket Association of Bengal chiefs Sharad Pawar and Sourav Ganguly, respectively.

Florida T20s on August 27, 28

The working committee expectedly approved the proposed two-Twenty20 internationals series against West Indies, to be played in the United States of America this month-end. As a result, India and West Indies will face each other at Lauderdale on August 27 and 28.

BCCI president Anurag Thakur stated the series “will be developed into an annual cricketing event in the United States”.

Sportstar understands that the BCCI marketing committee will invite bids for the broadcast rights of the two-match series. The series is a joint proposition by the BCCI and the West Indies Cricket Board.