BCCI Working Committee to deliberate on Supreme Court verdict

The BCCI will for the first time discuss its ramifications and future course during its Working Committee meeting on Tuesday.

The Justice R. M. Lodha Committee has scheduled a meeting with BCCI Secretary, Ajay Shirke, and President, Anurag Thakur, on August 9.   -  Vivek Bendre

Ever since the landmark verdict of the Supreme Court last month on directing administrative reforms in Indian cricket’s governance, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will, for the first time, discuss its ramifications and future course during its Working Committee meeting at its headquarters here on Tuesday. The meeting is also set to give a go-ahead to the two-Twenty20 International series (T20Is) against the West Indies, to be played in Florida, United States of America (USA) later this month.

The BCCI Working Committee, which is directed to be dissolved in six months and restructured as apex council, is likely to be briefed about the order by its legal experts. President Anurag Thakur, also a Member of the Parliament, will not be present in person in Mumbai, but will attend the meeting via videoconferencing from Delhi since he is occupied with the ongoing parliament session.

According to a state association representative who will attend the meeting, a plethora of state associations have enlisted several queries with regard to the implementation of the Supreme Court order, especially about the implications to state associations. One of the major bones of contentions is whether an elected managing committee member will be treated as an office-bearer in the new structure or not.

With the new structure eliminating all the elected managing (or executive) committee members and retaining only office-bearers, the BCCI members are confused about whether those who have served as managing committee members will be eligible to contest for the office-bearers’ posts in their respective associations.

The Working Committee is likely to propose a roadmap which will then be presented at the Special General Meeting on Thursday. The Justice R. M. Lodha Committee, appointed to supervise implementation of the Supreme Court directive, has scheduled a meeting with Thakur and BCCI secretary, Ajay Shirke, on August 9.

Meanwhile, the Working Committee is likely to formalise the proposed two T20Is against the World Champions, the West Indies, en route Indian team’s return from the Caribbean islands. Dr. M. V. Sridhar, BCCI’s general manager – cricket operations, has been negotiating with the Caribbean and American officials in Florida, the proposed venue of the series. Based on Sridhar’s feedback, and the government authority’s advice about sorting out the cricketers’ work visas in USA, the committee will approve the two-match series.

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