New Delhi: Former Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) president Niranjan Shah’s appointment as 'Special Invitee' in the newly formed committee which will study the Lodha Panel Reforms has divided the 7-member committee with some of the members questioning the need to invite the 73-year-old into the committee despite the Lodha panel clearly suggesting that members above 70 stand disqualified.
The committee comprising of Rajeev Shukla (chairman), Amitabh Choudhary (convener), Sourav Ganguly, TC Mathew, Naba Bhattacharjee, Jay Shah and Anirudh Chaudhry now have another member in Shah and while the panel was already unsure of its role is now in a fix as some members feel that having Shah on board passes the wrong signal.
Speaking to CricketNext a member of the committee said that Shah’s appointment could well have been avoided as it already had able members and also this move could well see the panel’s attempt to help in the process of implementing the Lodha reforms criticised.
“You already had the likes of Shukla, Amitabh and Sourav at the helm and they have enough experience to guide the other members and also help bring clarity to the state bodies as far as the Lodha reforms are concerned. Also, having someone who is disqualified on all counts of the Lodha panel’s suggestions clearly shows us in poor light as people will now question our intentions of actually smoothening the whole process of implementation of the Lodha reforms.
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“Over the last few months, we have gone into meetings with a certain mindset and all that has changed by the time the meeting has ended thanks to one or two people and their refusal to budge. With this committee we were hoping to move forward and set the ball rolling. But clearly, things are still being worked out according to the whims and fancies of certain people. One man cannot have the decision-making power when there are other members present and this is another step in the wrong direction (Shah’s appointment),” he said.
Another member of the committee though begged to differ and said that having the experience of Shah in the committee will help and difference of opinion is always good as it ensures better judgment.
“We all know who are these people who aren’t happy with Shah’s appointment. But then, every person is entitled to have an opinion and the whole idea of having a committee is to ensure that people with different opinions get together under one roof and bring out a solution. Also, the whole idea of people above the age of 70-years being disqualified came after our former president Jagmohan Dalmiya had issues and the SC felt he wasn’t fit. But in such a scenario, we can always have medical tests to check. A man who has given 30 years of his life to BCCI cannot be overlooked,” he told CricketNext.
With a fortnight given to the committee to come out with its first recommendation, it will indeed be interesting to see how things pan out in the next 11 days.
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