BCCI working committee meeting to take place on October 18

The working committee will also study the options available with regard to sponsors with PepsiCo.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 9, 2015 5:17 pm

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sent notice to its members on Thursday informing that the adjourned working committee will be now held on October 18 in Mumbai. The last working committee was adjourned as BCCI wanted clarity on whether N Srinivasan can attend the meeting.

The Supreme Court in its order had left it to the BCCI to take a call on keeping Srinivasan away. The ball is now in the court of newly elected president Shashank Manohar to decide if the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) should be allowed to attend the meeting or not. The main agenda of the adjourned working committee will be to decide what would be next step for BCCI with the two IPL teams — Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — being recommended to be suspended for two years by Lodha Committee.

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The working committee will also study the options available with regard to sponsors with PepsiCo, the IPL title sponsor, intending to pull out of the league.

OCA says ‘sorry’

Meanwhile, the Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) has submitted its written reply to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar wherein they have apologized for the unruly crowd behaviour which held up the second T20 International between India and South Africa. The OCA has also assured the BCCI that such incidents would not happen in the future when the association hosts another game.

“We have submitted our reply within a few hours of the BCCI asking us to submit our report on crowd disturbance. Nobody expected that such kind of thing will take place. Earlier too we had allowed water bottles inside the ground but such an incident never happened. The weather is such here that we allowed water bottles inside the stadium. Henceforth, we will not allow water bottles for any games and we will ensure such kind of incident is not been repeated,” OCA Asirbad Behera said.

SCA message to Hardik

In Rajkot, the Saurashtra Cricket Association appealed to Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and his supporters to not agitate during the One-day International match to be played between India and South Africa on October 18 at a stadium on the city outskirts. The appeal was made on Thursday by honorary secretary of SCA Niranjan Shah during a press conference at the stadium located near Khandheri village.

“This is a big event not only for SCA but for all cricket loving people of Saurashtra region. Its a matter of great pride that we are going to host a one day international match here,” Shah said.

“The match would be telecast across the world and it should be our priority that it be played in a peaceful manner. I humbly request Hardik Patel not to agitate during Rajkot ODI,” Shah said.

“This is a sports activity and thus this is not a proper platform to agitate for such a demand. I hope Hardik Patel would consider our appeal,” Shah said.

The appeal comes after Hardik Patel led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti gave a call to its community members to buy maximum tickets of the one day international and protest there during the match.

Patidars (Patel community) has been agitating in Gujarat since the last couple of months demanding reservation in education and government jobs under OBC quota. Though the state government has announced a package for economically weaker upper class, the Patel community did not stop its agitation.

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