New Delhi: The 7-member BCCI panel to look into the Lodha committee reforms met on Saturday and they have agreed to accept the 70-year age cap rule, but with a rider. According to the decision taken in the meeting and the proposal set to be presented to the members in the Special General Meeting on July 11, it will be stated that no BCCI office-bearer can be over 70 years. But that doesn’t close the door completely and members over 70 years can be part of other committees.
Speaking to CricketNext, a source in the know of developments in the meeting said that it was unanimously decided that the 70-year age cap would hold ground when it came to the office bearers, but those over 70 would not be stopped from being a part of any committee or the state bodies.
“To make things clear, the president, secretary, treasurer and other office bearers cannot be over 70. But that doesn’t close the door on the members who have crossed the 70-year cap and they can be a part of the secondary committees like say for example the disciplinary committee or any other committee,” the official said.
Asked if the move was aimed at allowing the likes of former BCCI chief N Srinivasan to continue working behind the scenes, the official said: “Why can we not talk about the positives? The ball is moving and we are showing the intent to move forward and put in place the reforms suggested by the Lodha committee. Conjectures have no place and it is for individuals to think on whether it is a case of ‘half-empty’ or ‘half-full’. You could also say that this is a way of closing the doors for some to hold top posts ever again in the board.”
The official further said that the committee would request the Supreme Court to reconsider the ‘one state one vote’ clause, but the BCCI would definitely abide by the suggestion that North East gets the required representation in the board.
“The committee feels that while the suggestion from the Lodha panel to have fair representation throughout the country stands ground, it would be unfair to ask the likes of Mumbai Cricket Association to stay away from decision-making processes as they have served Indian cricket over the years. As a result, the committee wants the BCCI to request the SC to reconsider the clause,” he said.
The committee also came to a conclusion as regards to the ‘cooling off’ clause. The committee feels that it is best to have one 9-year long tenure rather than any break-ups.
“It was unanimously felt in the meeting that it is best to have one single tenure of 9 years in the board rather than breaking it up and having cooling-off periods in the middle as that breaks the flow and functioning,” he said.
While these are all decisions taken by the committee comprising of Rajeev Shukla (chairman), Amitabh Choudhary (convener), Sourav Ganguly, TC Mathew, Naba Bhattacharjee, Jay Shah and Anirudh Chaudhry, these decisions will need to be ratified by the working committee at the SGM in the Capital next week before these can be presented to the Supreme Court for consideration on July 14.
The committee also wants a clear demarcation when it comes to the job of the office-bearers and paid professionals like the CEO. "We have been able to reduce our reservations from seven to four points. One of the points is the dynamics involving powers and functions between office-bearers and professionals. That needs a review. That's the view of special committee," Chaudhary said. Interestingly, there was no discussion on the number of members in the selection panel. It was a case for consideration earlier as board officials felt that it was impossible to have just 3-members in the national selection panel considering the need to scout talents across the country. But on Saturday, it did not find any mention.
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