Supreme Court order might leave BCCI without any senior administrator

In its verdict, the Supreme Court said that till a new committee is formed, the senior-most vice-president of the BCCI will take over as the president and the joint secretary will discharge the duties of the secretary. However, the BCCI vice-presidents and its joint-secretary will also stand disqualified following the order.

Senior BCCI vice-president Gokaraju Ganga Raju is also a Member of Parliament from Narasapur district of Andhra Pradesh.   -  Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

The Supreme Court judges on Monday dismissed BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke after they failed to adopt the reforms recommended by the Lodha Committee.

In its verdict, the Supreme Court said that till a new committee is formed, the senior-most vice-president of the BCCI will take over as the president and the joint secretary will discharge the duties of the secretary.

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After the verdict was announced, Gokaraju Ganga Raju was expected to become the interim president of the Board. Since C. K. Khanna, the senior-most vice-president of the Board, faces allegations of conflict of interest (levelled against him by Justice Mukul Mudgal, who was appointed as the DDCA observer by the High Court), the Andhra Cricket Association secretary was expected to step in as the interim president, at least until January 19.

But, if the Lodha panel's recommendations are to be followed, then none of the current vice-presidents can take over as the BCCI president.

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Amitabh Choudhary, who is the joint secretary, currently serves as the president of the Jharkhand Cricket Association. Anirudh Chaudhry (treasurer) is currently the secretary of the Haryana Cricket Association. The Lodha panel recommendation also states that an individual can hold only one post in cricket administration and the office-bearers will have to choose between posts in their respective state associations and the parent body.

The Lodha committee recommends that each of the office-bearers will have a three-year term and can contest for a maximum of three terms.

Both Ganga Raju (South) and Khanna (Central) have served more than nine years in cricket administration. Gautam Roy (East) and T. C. Mathew (West) have also been serving for more than nine years. M. L. Nehru, who is the vice-president from North, is more than 70 years old. Ganga Raju is also a Member of Parliament from Narasapur district (Andhra Pradesh).

The verdict on Monday supported Lodha's recommendation of ousting office-bearers and administrators of affiliated State associations who are above 70 years; who are insolvent; who are government ministers and servants; who are office-bearers of other sports and athletic associations; who have already enjoyed a cumulative period of nine years at the helm of the BCCI, and who have been charged with criminal offences.