BCCI to meet Lodha panel

The much-awaited meeting between the top two officials of the Board and Justice Lodha would hold the key to find a way out for the beleaguered cricket officials faced with little choice than comply with the set of recommendations.

A file picture of Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke.   -  Vivek Bendre

The BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke have indicated to the Lodha Committee their desire to meet them after November 9. The decision was communicated to Justice R. M. Lodha on Sunday.

For the Lodha Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court to suggest reforms in the Board, it would be the first interaction with Thakur after the series of communication between them.

The much-awaited meeting between the top two officials of the Board and Justice Lodha would hold the key to find a way out for the beleaguered cricket officials faced with little choice than comply with the set of recommendations.

Thakur has written a letter to the Lodha panel, intimating them that he is ready to meet the members any day after November 9.

“Yes, the president has informed the Panel that he is ready to meet post Wednesday. In his affidavit also, he had already apologised that he could not appear before the committee as the Monsoon session of Parliament was on at that point of time,” a BCCI official said.

During the meeting last August, Secretary Ajay Shirke had appeared before the panel.

Thakur filed a 19-point Compliance Report as per Supreme Court’s directions, in which he stated about the practical difficulties in implementing the Lodha Committee reforms in totality.

Thakur in his affidavit has stated since neither he nor the secretary (Shirke) have a vote, they cannot force the members units to accept the recommendations.

In fact the freezing of annual grants has not been able to deter the State units who still maintain that BCCI is being run by Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.

Some of the major objections raised by the BCCI are One-State One Vote (Mumbai, Baroda, Railways etc lose voting rights), age cap of 70 years, One person-One Post, three-year cooling off period, three national selectors to name a few.