BCCI to hold SGM to discuss Lodha implementations

According to sources, most of the state units are expected to voice their inability to implement the reforms within six months in the meeting.

BCCI president Anurag Thakur (right) and secretary Ajay Shirke will be meeting the Lodha panel to discuss the reforms.   -  Vivek Bendre

With the pressure of implementing the Justice Lodha Committee reforms in the next six months, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will hold a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Friday to discuss the far-reaching implications of the Supreme Court directive.

With the appointment of former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju as its legal adviser, it is expected that the board will toe the line as per his advice.

The BCCI can call Justice Katju as a 'special invitee' so that he gets a first-hand account of the concerns raised by the affiliated units in the meeting.

According to sources, most of the state units are expected to voice their inability to implement the reforms within six months.The meeting gains special significance more so because BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke are supposed to meet the Lodha panel next Tuesday to discuss the implementation part.

It is expected that Thakur and Shirke will put forth the concerns of the members to the committee and cite some of the practical difficulties that the units are facing.

Two state units namely -- Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) -- have had their elections frozen post the Apex Court verdict.

Similarly, Jammu and Kashmir board’s election was declared invalid after state minister Imran Ansari was made the president.

The verdict could mean the end of the road for administrators above 70 years of age.

Sharad Pawar has already declared his intentions of stepping down from Maharashtra Cricket Association’s post while N. Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah will also have to step down from their respective state associations.

The selection panel is set to shrink from five to three with one of the current selector Gagan Khoda being ineligible by virtue of having only played two ODIs and no Test matches.

The formation of proposed players association and an Apex Council is also going to be discussed.