Thakur, Shirke authorised to deal with Lodha Committee

The Board members are finding it difficult to deal with the many recommendations, particularly the ones that prevent an office-bearer from occupying the office longer than a cumulative period of nine years and holding any post after the age of 70, notwithstanding the three-year cooling-off period.

With the Supreme Court having ratified the Lodha panel recommendations recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is desperate to find a strategy to breathe easy.   -  The Hindu Photo Library

This is a huddle of a different kind. Clearly unsettled by the Supreme Court’s ratification of the Lodha Committee recommendations aimed at reforms, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is desperate to find a strategy to breathe easy.

At its Special General Body Meeting, held here on Friday, the affiliates of the Board have authorised president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke to interact with the Lodha Committee.

Though several members left the venue within an hour of the start of the meeting here, a few spoke to the waiting media on condition of anonymity. And the indications were clear that there was no real headway on this day.

The two Board functionaries were expected to meet the Lodha Committee on August 9 to discus the way forward.

The Supreme Court had given the Board six months to implement the reforms while the affiliates up to 18 months to fall in line.

The Board members are finding it difficult to deal with the many recommendations, particularly the ones that prevent an office-bearer from occupying the office longer than a cumulative period of nine years and holding any post after the age of 70, notwithstanding the three-year cooling-off period.

The state associations were not sure whether to follow their respective constitutions or go by the recommendations of the Lodha Committee.

A clearer picture is expected to emerge next week.