Cornered BCCI fails to meet first deadline to implement Lodha report
Pulled up by the RM Lodha committee for failing to implement its suggested reforms, an embattled BCCI has missed the first deadline to implement the recommendations.
Faced with the real possibility of losing its current officer bearers, including president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, the rattled BCCI has to discuss the road ahead at the Special General Meeting (SGM) after the Supreme Court warned the cricket board on to either “fall in line” or face the music.
The Board had been given till September 30 to implement the first set of reforms, requiring the adoption of a new Memorandum of Association and Rules.
However, the meeting to discuss the matter had to be put off till Saturday after some of the BCCI’s member units turned up without the requisite letters of authorisation. “They have been told to get proper letter of authorisation from their respective units,” a source present in the meeting said.
The road ahead for the BCCI was expected to be charted out at the SGM after the Supreme Court warned the cricket board on Wednesday to either “fall in line” or face the music if it fails to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel.
“They have been told to get proper letter of authorisation from their respective units,” a source present in the meeting said. The BCCI, which has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging Lodha panel’s recommendations, is not left with many options.
The Board drew the apex court’s ire after Lodha committee submitted its status report before the Supreme Court listing violations committed by the BCCI vis-a-vis the panel’s recommendations.
The BCCI has time till October 6 to respond to the status report. The present BCCI officials have openly voiced their objections to the suggested reforms, especially the three-year cooling off period and the policy of one state one vote.