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Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke to meet Lodha panel on August 9

BCCI president and secretary Ajay Shirke to meet Lodha Committee chairperson  to  get an advice about the implementation of Lodha Committee recommendations.  It was learnt that former CJI Markandey Katju is expected to accompany the duo during the discussions which have far-reaching legal implications. The meeting will be held on  August 9.

“There was no headway in the meeting which was over in just an hour. The general body entrusted President and Secretary to deal with the committee,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Friday.

The state associations have expressed their concerns especially on the cumulative tenure of 9 years, age cap of 70 and a three year cooling off period.  State association like Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) also raised the issue whether they can hold their AGM on August 31. BCCI to discuss the implementation of Lodha Committee.

“We were told that we should take legal advice from BCCI counsel Abhinav Mukherjee whether to follow state constitution or follow panel verdict,” the MPCA representative said.

The BCCI  Special General Meeting (SGM) will also he held as per schedule or else the day to day functioning of the board will be affected. This year 900 first class matches will be held and 13 Test matches so BCCI have to deploy people to look after functioning of these matches.

The Supreme Court gave BCCI six months time to implement the recommendations to bring a change in the administrative system of BCCI.

“It’s been tough for many officials but in the end, one needs to respect the Apex Court verdict. Some state units would like to consume the maximum time till 18 months to implement the order,” a senior official concluded.

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