Indian cricket has plunged to a new depth of uncertainty and confusion on Wednesday. The Lodha Committee has given the Board of Control in India (BCCI) a new set timeline which prevents the board to conduct any serious business at forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) but the BCCI has circulated a detailed agenda for the September 21 Mumbai meeting.
The prominent feature of the agenda is the elections of secretary. Appointments of selection committee and a few other committees are also listed on the agenda. Another important point is the decision on the BCCI representative for the International Cricket Council (ICC). Appoint of Ombudsman is listed as well.
With the Lodha committee direction, the status of the AGM is unclear. Whether it becomes as lame duck AGM is the point but the BCCI is not saying so. “We do not know if that is the case. We are still waiting for the verdict on our review petition,” a BCCI member said.
It is not clear if the BCCI agenda was sent before after the Lodha committee issued the new set of directives. BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke, who is slated seek elections at the AGM, could not be reached for a comment. The Lodha panel members too could not be contracted.
Meanwhile, it has come to light that Sony Pictures Network (SPN) made an offer to the BCCI over the broadcast rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL). As per the right of the refusal clause in the broadcast deal, Sony and the BCCI were to negotiate within 60 days after the completion of the IPL 9 and the broadcaster has “honoured all its obligation.”
The deal mandated Sony to make an offer to which the BCCI was to give a final offer. Sony has confirmed making an offer but did not reveal that form of it. “The negotiations period has expired and now we are waiting for them (the BCCI) to make us a concrete offer. We have honoured our commitment. I would say we have fulfilled all our obligations,” Sony CEO NP Singh said.
What would be the exact value of the deal has been discussed ad nauseam in the media but the Sony official refused to discuss the figure? “I would not comment on that,” he said when specifically asked about the number suggested in the Sony offer.
The BCCI, as is well known, has asked Sony to take part in the bidding process but the company does not seem to consider it as the ‘final offer.”
“It’s Difficult for me to comment. We have been reading media reports. We had a period of 60 days in which we had to negotiate. Some negotiations did take place. And we are waiting for them to make us an offer,” Singh said.
It was learnt that Sony would go to the court to seek judicial intervention on the contract but Sony official refused to discuss anything about it .