BCCI SGM unanimously trashes key Lodha reforms

NEW DELHI: After sending out appropriately conciliatory signals in the lead-up to the Wednesday's special general meeting (SGM), the Indian cricket board's satraps rejected all the key components of good governance recommended by the Justice RM Lodha committee. 

Board of Control for Cricket in India acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary informed the media post the SGM that the BCCI has "unanimously adopted all" the recommendations of the Justice Lodha recommendations, except five which have some "practical difficulties".

The key here is the "practical difficulties" and the opening was provided (not surprisingly critics would argue), by the very same Supreme Court which in its order last July had decreed that the Lodha reforms should be implemented by the BCCI in toto.  

A part of its latest order issued Monday, which the BCCI mandarins have gleefully latched on to reads: "All concerned shall implement the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee report as far as practicable (emphasis ours), barring the issues which have been raised pertaining to membership, number of members of the selection committees, concept of Associate membership etc. ..."

Coming to the five points deemed impracticable the BCCI general body, these are one state one vote, the size of the national selection panel, the size of the apex council and the age, tenure and cooling off period. 

The tenure and cooling off period is especially ironic considering that the Supreme Court had barred N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah from attending Wednesday's SGM as they were disqualified on the grounds of age cap.

Johri barred

Adhering strictly (again emphasis ours) to the Supreme Court diktat, the BCCI on Wednesday did not allow its chief executive officer Rahul Johri to attend the SGM.

Johri was told that he along with all other BCCI employees should leave the meeting premises as the SC order of July 24 states that only office-bearers should be allowed to attend the meeting.

A miffed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Thursday served a notice to BCCI office- bearers, including Choudhary, acting president CK Khanna and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry, for not allowing Johri to attend the SGM.