As soon as the Justice Lodha panel came out with the set of recommendations to restructure the Indian cricket board and make it a more transparent body, it was more than evident that the BCCI wouldn’t toe their line. Though the members hadn’t openly voiced their opinions in public, their resentment was palpable. So, not unexpectedly, the BCCI, in their SGM, unanimously decided to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court, stressing on the “anomalies and difficulties” in implementing the measure.
It’s learnt that secretary Anurag Thakur will file the affidavit. “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 here.
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The BCCI has also urged its affiliates to file separate affidavits, expressing the difficulties in realising most of the recommendations. Some of the associations have multiple reasons to grouse, as they might even lose their voting power under the “one state, one vote” suggestion. These include some of the most powerful bodies in the country like Mumbai, Baroda, and Saurashtra. Saurashtra Cricket Association will have to cope with another setback too, if the age-cap clause (administrators shouldn’t be over 70) is made mandatory. Their long-serving president Niranjan Shah is already 71. “We will be filing an affidavit in Supreme Court,” said Shah.
This is one of the points they will include in the affidavit as well as the one state one vote recommendation. Also included is the cooling off period of three years between two posts. They will also bring in the contentious recommendation that BCCI functionaries can’t hold any post in home association to the fore. The victims of this include Thakur, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary and joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary.
They also were apprehensive of points like cricket stadiums hosting other sports in off season. On the sidelines, the Working Committee also authorized the president and 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.