Vinod Rai: BCCI constitution draft will be ready by Sep. 8

The Supreme Court had instructed the CoA to prepare a draft of the new constitution as per the Lodha panel recommendations.

Vinod Rai... “[The BCCI constitution] is a work in progress.”   -  PTI

The draft of the BCCI constitution will be ready by September 8, the Committee of Administrators head Vinod Rai has said.

“It is a work in progress. We (CoA) are meeting on September 8 in Delhi, where we will finalise the constitution,” Rai said after the meeting here on Tuesday. On August 23, the Supreme Court had instructed the CoA to prepare a draft of the new constitution as per the Lodha panel recommendations.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A. M. Khanwilkar and D. Y. Chandrachud had said the draft constitution would be based on its directions of July 18, 2016 and its order of July 24, 2017 by which it had agreed to re-examine the one-state-one-vote principle, the size of the selection committees and the status of associate members.

The court ordered that the draft constitution will be prepared by August 30. Asked whether they could meet the September 30 deadline for BCCI elections, Rai said: “It all depends on Supreme Court’s go ahead.”

The CoA members, however, refused to comment on Saurashtra Cricket Association appointing Niranjan Shah as CEO to ensure a back-door entry for the ineligible administrator.