The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has received notices from three of its members after its last-minute scheduling of the Special General Meeting (SGM) in New Delhi on Tuesday (July 10).
The governing body of the game in the country has decided to arrange the meeting in a haste to discuss the Special Committee report on Lodha Reforms. However, three-member bodies are miffed with the board’s decision, claiming that the meeting would be held without a mandatory 10-day notice. The cricket associations of Saurashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are the three bodies to express their displeasure over the board’s hurriedly arranged meeting.
However, citing the example of the SGM that was held in 2002, a board official dismissed the concern of the state bodies.
“There was an SGM called on December 25, 2002, after a four-day notice. So there is a precedent there,” the official was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Meanwhile, it is interesting that two of the three bodies that have sent the notice are headed by persons who are above 70. Niranjan Shah (73) and N Srinivasan (72) are the presidents of Saurashtra Cricket Association and Tamil Nady Cricket Association respectively and violate the Lodha Panel’s recommendation that office-bearers over 70 should be disqualified to hold any post. The BCCI-appointed seven-member committee, which has been given the responsibility of overseeing the process of how quickly the board can implement the reforms, has also accepted the age-cap recommendation.
Amitabh Chaudhary, the BCCI secretary, meanwhile, has admitted that the board was having a tough last couple of years while dealing with the Lodha Panel reforms.
“Yes, it’s been a trying time for us, collectively,” said Chaudhary. “There is an inertia (in the Board about accepting the reforms or accepting change).”