Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided to form an Apex Council as per the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Panel which had submitted its report to the Supreme Court this past week. Drawing flak for not following recommendations and brazen disregard for the suggestions, Supreme Court came down heavily on BCCI and gave BCCI an October 6 deadline to submit a response before the Court was forced to take drastic steps.
However, a few days post that lashing, BCCI in their Special General Meeting (SGM), which was delayed on Friday, have decided to accept some of the recommendations of the Lodha Panel.
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The recommendations which were adopted unanimously by the BCCI board in the SGM:
(1) The induction of the representative of Comptroller and Auditor General as the member of the Apex Council as well as the IPL Governing Council.
(2) The formation of the Apex Council with certain modifications.
(3) The various committees as recommended by the Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee including the special committee for the differently abled and the Women’s Committee.
(4) Formation of the Players Association and their representation on the Committee. The SGM authorized the CEO to contact the steering committee as proposed by the Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee and commence the formation of the cricket players association.
(5) The members were also unanimous in giving voting rights to the Associate members as per the ICC guidelines.
(6) Puducherry to be granted associate membership of the BCCI as proposed at Item No. 7 in the timeline report.
(7) The SGM also accepted Item No. 3 (Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials, Anti-Doping Code, Anti-Racism Code, Anti-Corruption Code and Operational Rules) of the first timeline report of the Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee for implementation for the next IPL season.
(8) With regards to Item No. 4 of the timeline report issued by the Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee, the members drew the attention to the fact that while it was the effort to ensure a 15-day gap between the national calendar and the IPL – the same will not be possible in the year 2017 because of the ICC’s Champions Trophy being scheduled in England at around the same time.
(9) Item No. 5 (Agent Registration Norms) of the timeline report – was adopted unanimously.
Post the meeting, BCCI chief Anurag Thakur spoke to the media and said the board will be sending their response to the Supreme Court and replying with their reasoning of why certain recommendations were not accepted – for legal reasons or otherwise.
“Many significant recommendations of the Lodha Committee have been accepted by BCCI Special General meeting members. Wherever we found any legal challenges or practical difficulties, they (the board) gave view points & didn’t accept those recommendations,” he said. “Detailed report to be submitted in Supreme Court and will be sent to Lodha committee on why members accepted & didn’t accept certain recommendations,” reported ANI.