BCCI asks state associations to discuss Lodha panel recommendations

Mumbai: Three days after the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee recommended reforms to BCCI's structure, the Cricket Board has advised its affiliated state units to convene a meeting of its managing committee to discuss the panel's recommendations.       "You are aware that the Justice Lodha Committee appointed by the Honourable Supreme Court has submitted its report and we have received a copy of the same," BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur stated in a letter to all the Board's affiliated units.

He advised the units to convene a meeting to discuss the implications of the recommendations made by the Justice Lodha Committee before Jan 31.       "It is advised that you convene a meeting of your Managing Committee/Board before the 31st of January, 2016 and discuss the implications of the recommendations made by the Justice Lodha Committee. As some of the recommendations have far reaching consequences, it may be advisable to seek an expert opinion as to how the same would affect your Association," wrote Thakur.           Among the recommendations are one vote/one state and term and age restrictions for office bearers.       The Mumbai Cricket Association, one of the units which  as it's one of three units from the state of Maharashtra affiliated to the BCCI, has decided to convene a meeting of its managing committee on January 13.

If the the recommendations are implemented, Mumbai CA may be severely impacted as it's headed by Sharad Pawar, who is over 70 years of age, whereas as per the Lodha panel recommendations the age limit for office bearers of BCCI and its affiliated units is kept below 70.       Mumbai CA, Maharashtra CA, Vidarbha CA and Cricket Club of India are the units affiliated to BCCI from Maharashtra.       Likewise, there are three units in Gujarat - Gujarat CA, Baroda CA and Saurashtra CA.

In Bengal there are two units- National Cricket Club and Cricket Association of Bengal.

News24 Bureau