BCCI Special General Meeting shifted to Delhi

The SGM that was convened on August 5 in Mumbai has been shifted to Delhi as BCCI president and BJP parliamentarian Anurag Thakur along with Congress MP Rajeev Shukla need to be in the capital for the Monsoon session of the Parliament.

BCCI president and BJP MP Anurag Thakur will have to juggle Parliamentary work with the cricket Board meeting.   -  Kamal Narang

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has relocated the Special General Meeting (SGM), scheduled for August 5 to discuss the way forward after the landmark reforms ordered by the Supreme Court, from Mumbai to Delhi. A communication to that effect was circulated on Wednesday, a day after the notice for the SGM was sent out to all the affiliated units of the BCCI.

The SGM will be followed by a marketing committee meeting of the BCCI. Sportstar understands that the marketing committee is likely to discuss the crucial aspect about renewing the broadcast rights of the Indian Premier League, set to expire after the 2017 edition of the T20 extravaganza.

The SGM is likely to see many of state association representatives seeking clarity over the implementation of the Supreme Court judgement, delivered on July 18 by the bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice F.M.I. Kalifulla. Despite the Supreme Court order directing the BCCI and state associations to implement the amendments in “four, at best six months”, some of the state association officials have gone vocal about having a one-year period to adopt the new rule changes.

The assumption is based on the report of the three-member committee, led by retired Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, appointed by the apex court to suggest administrative reforms in BCCI. While submitting its report to the two-judge bench in December 2015, the Justice Lodha committee had suggested state associations should embrace changes within one year.

However, according to a source close to the Lodha Committee, the state associations will also have to amend its constitution and oust all the ineligible candidates – those who have served for more than nine years, or are above 70 years of age, or are government servants or are ministers – within six months. Besides, he also pointed out that the Lodha committee had specified a year’s duration last December, so it will have to implemented as per the timeline stated in the order delivered last week.