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BCCI rejects key Lodha Panel recommendations at SGM

MUMBAI: The standoff between the BCCI and the Lodha panel is all set to intensify.

On Saturday at its SGM, the BCCI rejected key recommendations of the Lodha Committee, such as the one-state one-vote policy, the age limit of 70 years and cooling-off period of three years.

They have also not accepted the recommendation on the selection panel, which called for three selectors, instead of five, and with Test experience.

Some recommendations were adopted unanimously. These included

(1) The induction of the representative of the 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 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 authorised the CEO to contact the steering committee as proposed by the 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 committee for implementation for the next IPL season.

(8) With regard to item no. 4 of the timeline report, 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 around the same time.

(9) Item no. 5 (Agent Registration Norms) of the timeline report was adopted unanimously.

The BCCI added that it had always favoured reforms and that the board had undertaken many reforms in the past 18 months.

“Many significant recommendations of the Lodha panel have been accepted by the members of the Special General Meeting. However, wherever they find the legal challenges or technical difficulties, they have given their view points and have not accepted those recommendations,” the BCCI said.

“The BCCI has always been very open about the reforms. We believe in transparency, accountability and professionalism. We said that on day one and have done that in the last 18 months,” said BCCI president Anurag Thakur.

The ball is now with the Supreme Court, and the next hearing is scheduled for 6 October 2016.