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COA Pushes for Partial Implementation of Lodha Reforms Ahead of BCCI SGM

Baidurjo Bhose |Cricketnext |June 25, 2017, 2:24 PM IST
COA Pushes for Partial Implementation of Lodha Reforms Ahead of BCCI SGM

New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) met the state associations at the BCCI headquarters on Sunday to discuss the road ahead in implementing the constitutional reforms suggested by the Lodha panel and approved by the apex court in July 2016. The COA has asked the state bodies to implement the reforms at large and bring the areas of their concern to the SC’s notice when the apex court re-opens after the summer break in July.

Speaking to CricketNext, a source in the know of developments said that the COA asked the state bodies to discuss the reforms at the Special General Meeting on Monday and implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel after voting. It also asked the BCCI to then bring to the SC’s notice the suggestions which they feel are impossible to implement and wait for the Supreme Court’s decision.

“The COA met the representatives of the state bodies and they asked them to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel and approved by the Supreme Court in its order dated July 18, 2016. The committee feels that sitting on the proposals will not help either parties and it is important that the move is made to bring about constitutional changes suggested. The COA also told the members that once they implement majority of the proposals, the BCCI can then approach the SC and request them to look into the areas that the board feels is impossible to implement.

“The committee has asked the members to go through the Supreme Court order on Monday during the SGM and come to a decision through voting on which reforms can be immediately implemented and which ones require the apex court to reconsider BCCI’s plea for another round of consideration,” the official said.

Asked about the proposals that the BCCI was worried about and found difficult to implement, the official didn’t want to divulge much. “The one state one vote proposal is surely something that everyone is aware of, but apart from that, you will definitely get a clear picture after the SGM on Monday. But yes, there are a couple of areas that need the SC’s intervention, so let us see how things move forward,” he said.

While the BCCI had earlier made it clear that it wouldn’t budge and it was impossible to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel, the board is definitely softening its stance. But the COA is keeping its fingers crossed and a source close to the committee said that the outcome of Sunday’s meeting can only be gauged after the SGM on Monday.

“The COA has tried to make the state bodies understand that they stand a better chance of getting a few of the proposals reconsidered if they actually implement the majority of the proposals. In such a scenario, even the SC would understand that the BCCI is working closely with the COA and trying its best to implement the Lodha panel’s recommendations. That might see the SC agreeing the reconsider BCCI’s plea. As for the outcome of today’s meeting, the committee feels that can only be assessed after the special general meeting wherein the BCCI members vote and implement the Supreme Court order dated July 18, 2016,” the source told CricketNext.

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