BCCI to decide on Lodha reforms after Dec 5 verdict

At a Special General Meeting here, the Board did not take any decision on the recommendations but it has been learnt from sources that state associations have been told to keep a Plan B ready in case the verdict is not favourable from the Apex Court.

BCCI Anurag Thakur

BCCI President Anurag Thakur, along with other members, discuss their latest stance on the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel's report, in New Delhi on Friday.   -  PTI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday decided to wait for the Supreme Court verdict on December 5 regarding implementation of Lodha Panel recommendations on administrative reforms.

The Special General Meeting (SGM) today stuck to the Board’s stand of resisting some of the recommendations, which have already been implemented by Vidarbha and Tripura.

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The Board has consistently refused to accept the age cap of 70, cooling off period of three years between the terms and one state one vote.

The Lodha Panel has also recommended the removal of the current office-bearers and appointment of former Home Secretary G. K. Pillai as an observer.

At a Special General Meeting here, the Board did not take any decision on the recommendations but it has been learnt from sources that state associations have been told to keep a Plan B ready in case the verdict is not favourable from the Apex Court.

"Senior office-bearers said we have to wait till December 5. Any decision taken can be Contempt of Court. He also advised that state units will have to keep a Plan B ready. If court gives a verdict we have to abide by it and change constitution accordingly," a state unit official said.

Two associations Tripura and Vidarbha, who have decided to implement Lodha reforms in toto were absent. The reason cited by BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke was the delay in flights landing in foggy conditions.

"There was a feeling members are having different opinion. Vidharbha and Tripura did not come due to fog. We explained the situation and clarified with them again. They reiterated their stand that was taken in the first SGM on October 1. Almost all recommendations agreed upon except a few. We will wait for December 5 Supreme Court hearing," BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke told reporters.