BCCI vs Lodha panel: Former ICC chairman N Srinivasan set to hold meeting to discuss board's future

After the Supreme Court's verdict which absolved many prominent BCCI office-bearers of power, former board president N Srinivasan has called a meeting in Bangalore to discuss the future of the board, The Indian Express reports. The meeting is due to take place on Saturday, and will be attended by several of the country's chief cricket administrators like the secretaries of the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka State Cricketing Associations.

File photo of former BCCI chief N Srinivasan. AFP

File photo of former BCCI chief N Srinivasan. AFP

N Srinivasan, who was once called the 'root of all scandal' by ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, is still believed to wield a significant amount of influence in India's cricketing sphere, and may have a big part to play in the steps the BCCI will take in the future.  The board is scheduled to hold a Special General Meeting (SGM) on 19 January to vote on the Lodha reforms, and despite the punishment they have already faced, many administrators are reportedly still keen to fight the reforms.

While there are a few office-bearers like Saurashtra Cricket Association's Niranjan Shah, and TNCA secretary Kasi Viswanathan, who will be adversely affected but have still accepted the SC's veridct, a three-fourths majority among the administrators is still lacking, which is required to implement the reforms.

“The administrators will take charge (after 19 January) but to implement the Lodha reforms they will have to change the BCCI constitution, which requires a three-fourths majority. As things stand now, at least 17 state associations will still say ‘no’ to the changes. So I don’t know how the changes would be ushered in,” a former BCCI office-bearer contended, speaking to The Indian Express.

As per the Lodha Committee recommendations accepted by the court, “A person shall be disqualified from being an Office Bearer if he or she : (a) Is not a citizen of India; (b) Has attained the age of 70 years; (c) Is declared to be insolvent, or of unsound mind; (d) Is a Minister or government servant; (e)Holds any office or post in a sports or athletic association or federation apart from cricket; (f) Has been an Office Bearer of the BCCI for a cumulative period of 9 years; (g) Has been charged by a Court of Law for having committed any criminal offence.”

Published Date: Jan 06, 2017 12:18 PM | Updated Date: Jan 06, 2017 12:18 PM

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