Justice RM Lodha down with Chikungunya; BCCI's meeting with panel may get delayed

BCCI ended their 87th Annual General Meeting with its original agenda, defying some recommendations of the Lodha Committee. However, a reaction from the committee is still awaited as Retd Justice RM Lodha, who heads the panel, is down with Chikungunya.

File photo of Justice RM Lodha. PTI

File photo of Justice RM Lodha. PTI

According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, the illness, which has affected many people across New Delhi, has delayed a formal response from the Lodha Panel. Even Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the ongoing first Test of the India-New Zealand series as he's recovering from Chikungunya.

A meeting with BCCI and Lodha Panel has been scheduled on 26 September to discuss the decisions taken in the meeting, but whether it would go ahead or not is still unclear owing to Justice Lodha's health.

A committee source, when asked about the proceedings of the meeting, said, "We can't say at this stage. He is recovering."

So, one may have to wait longer to see whether the Lodha Panel will move to Supreme Court if BCCI's decisions result in contempt of court.

The BCCI though, is quite confident about its decisions and maintained that they aren't illegal.

"We have apprised the panel of our necessity and the Special General Meeting (SGM) on 30 September  will decide on adopting the recommendations," said a BCCI senior member.

Lodha Committee also suggested one more suggestion: to do away with the conventional five-member selection panel and stated in their recommendations that the senior selection committee should only have three members. Although, the BCCI recently appointed former India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad as the chief selector.  Gagan Khoda,  Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe and Sarandeep Singh were also elected in the new selection panel.

However, there's some confusion regarding the appointment of Paranjpe, who is currently affiliated for BCCI's apparel sponsor Nike which may result in conflict of interest. But the newly elected selector has said that he will quit the job soon, say BCCI officials.

Updated Date: Sep 23, 2016 14:05 PM

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