BCCI’s SGM deferred to April 18

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has sought intervention from the Supreme Court to adjudicate whether disqualified members can attend meetings. The SC set the date for hearing as April 17.

The COA moved court after it became clear that disqualified former BCCI president N. Srinivasan, with the help of his loyalists, attempted to take the ICC route to stay relevant in Indian cricket administration.   -  Bijoy Ghosh

The BCCI Jt. Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, under instructions from the acting president C.K. Khanna has convened the adjourned Special General Meeting (SGM) in New Delhi at 5pm on April 18. This was decided after the Supreme Court agreed to debate on the disqualification norms mentioned in the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations on April 17.

The SGM was convened to name the BCCI’s nominee to the ICC, discuss the proposed changes to the ICC's Constitution and Financial models, legal matters post the January 2, 2017 order of the Supreme Court and appointment of the Ombudsman. But it was deferred until SC gave a clear verdict on the eligibility for attending ICC meetings.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) has received the attendance register of the SGM that was adjourned.

It moved court after it became clear that disqualified former BCCI president N. Srinivasan, with the help of his loyalists, attempted to take the ICC route to stay relevant in Indian cricket administration.

That the old guard of BCCI is not ready to give up without a fight was evident as Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah, G Gangaraju, TC Matthew — all ineligible under Lodha Committee reforms — attended the SGM last Sunday that was adjourned awaiting a court order.

The COA’s understanding is that it's "end of the innings" in administration for those who are 70 years old, looking at the spirit of the recommendation and judgement that was aimed to remove officials who had made the BCCI positions as permanent seat of power.

The CoA had nominated the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to attend the SGM at New Delhi on Sunday (April 9) but he did not. The CoA was represented by the BCCI CFI Santosh Rangnekar.

( With inputs from Agencies)