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BCCI expresses unwillingness to implement Lodha committee report, to approach SC

BCCI President Shashank Manohar and Secretary Anurag Thakur

 

 BCCI President Shashank Manohar and Secretary Anurag Thakur

BCCI President Shashank Manohar and Secretary Anurag Thakur

Wary of implementing the Lodha committee recommendations , a rattled Board of Contol for Cricket in India (BCCI) unanimously decided to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court pointing out the “anomalies and difficulties” in implementing the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations on the restructuring of the cricket board.

It was decided in the Special General Meeting of the BCCI that secretary Anurag Thakur will file an affidavit on behalf of the BCCI in the apex court. Constitutional lawyer KK Venugopal will appear for the BCCI before the SC bench on 4 March.

“The Members authorised the Honorary Secretary BCCI to file an affidavit in the Hon’ble Supreme Court on behalf of the BCCI pointing out the anomalies and difficulties encountered in implementation of Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee’s recommendations,” the BCCI said in a release after the meeting.

It is also learnt that BCCI has told the state associations that they can file affidavit separately on the difficulties they faced due to the recommendations.  Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA), who will be affected on two counts — losing voting rights due to ‘One State One Vote’ recommendation which may come into effect and its president Niranjan Shah requiring to quit if the age-cap of 70 is implemented, are moving court. “We will be filing an affidavit in Supreme Court,” SCA supremo Niranjan Shah said .

It has been learnt that some of the points that will be in the affidavit include: The ‘One state One Vote’ recommendation which means that traditional cricket powerhouses like Mumbai, Baroda lose voting rights.

The ‘Age Cap’ of 70 years and cooling off period of three years between two posts will also figure in the affidavit.

Not holding position simultaneously in both state and BCCI like secretary Anurag Thakur, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary and joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary is another point. The Lodha Committee has also recommended having other sports in cricket stadiums during off-season, which the BCCI feels is practically not feasible.

The most important point is about ‘having advertisement breaks only during lunch or tea in international matches’ which will lead to BCCI losing approximately Rs 1500 crore of revenues. The Working Committee also authorized the President and Hony. Secretary to appoint an agency to search for candidates for the posts of CEO and CFO for the BCCI, as one of the reforms suggested by the SC appointed committee.

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