CAB rejects 10 Lodha Committee recommendations

Sourav Ganguly-led Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) today decided to reject 10 of the 21 recommendations made by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee and will send its suggestions to the BCCI.

Sourav Ganguly: 'We will forward our suggestions to the BCCI immediately.'   -  K. R. Deepak

Sourav Ganguly-led Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) today decided to reject 10 of the 21 recommendations made by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee and will send its suggestions to the BCCI. “Among the rejections are age and tenure issue and the recommendation that government officials can’t be the office bearers in BCCI or its affiliated units,” a source told PTI.

“We have decided on the same topic that was arrived at our last meeting. We will forward our suggestions to the BCCI immediately,” CAB President Ganguly told reporters after the SGM but did not divulge much.

There has been an allegation of conflict of interest against the former India captain who is an IPL governing council member and also a co-owner of a football club in the Indian Super League along with industrialists Utsav Parekh, Harsh Neotia and Sanjiv Goenka, who recently bought the Pune franchise in the T20 cricket tournament.

Conflict of interest 'a law'

On the issue of conflict of interest, a top CAB official said they had to ‘accept it’ as the Board had already agreed to comply to it. “It’s like a law, we had to say yes to it,” the official said adding that the issue of one-state-one-association did not come up for discussion in the nearly 40-minute-long SGM attended by about 90 members.

According to a top CAB official other recommendations that were rejected were: holding more than one position at a time; governing body should nominate players; vacate position in state body after becoming a BCCI official; independent selection committee of former players not answerable to governing body; giving stadium for the use of other sport; no zonal rotation for BCCI president; and no zonal rotation of vice-president.

Besides agreeing to comply to the conflict of interest, the recommendations that were passed with a ‘yes’ were: Women and players’ induction in committees; not to be entitled to uniform grants from BCCI; no proxy votes; transparency; appointment of ethics officer and ombudsmen; appointment of electoral officer for election appointment of manager; create avenues to generate revenues; compulsive update of website; and each district to have ground.

The CAB will put forward their observations to the Indian cricket board which had extended the January 31 deadline by two weeks.