BCCI to meet on Aug 2 to discuss US T20 series

"A working committee meeting has been convened in Mumbai on August 2 to discuss the Supreme Court verdict on Justice Lodha Committee’s reforms in the Board," BCCI sources said.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has convened a working committee meeting in Mumbai on August 2 to discuss the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) proposal for a Twenty20 series in the United States of America soon after the conclusion of the ongoing Test series.

The WICB and BCCI executives have been in discussion about playing two T20 matches in Florida during the week following the next month's fourth Test between the two teams.

Besides obtaining the permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) since the USA cricket body is suspended, the tour had faced logistical hurdles. The India cricketers' visas was the biggest of those challenges.

However, a BCCI insider revealed that it has got an informal assurance from the concerned authorities that the visas will be processed in time for the series that's being planned to start on August 27.

The BCCI has thus called the emergent working committee meeting to get the formal nod of the committee. The BCCI president Anurag Thakur, also a member of parliament of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party, had been earlier exploring the possibility of a mini-IPL in USA in September.

Since the mini-IPL did not take off, the BCCI is keen to face the defending World Twenty20 champions West Indies in a series in USA, which has a sizeable cricket following.

The working committee meeting will also discuss the roadmap after the drastic administrative reforms ordered by the Supreme Court.

The Justice R. M. Lodha committee, which had recommended the reforms, has invited Thakur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke for a meeting on August 9.

The working committee and the SGM on August 5 will chart out BCCI's reservations about some of the measures as well as plans for amending its rulebook.