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BCCI to move SC against Lodha panel recommendations

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Mumbai, Feb 19: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to approach the Supreme Court against the recommendations in the report submitted by the Justice R.M. Lodha committee.

The BCCI had convened a special general meeting at its headquarters here on Friday in which the members authorised secretary Anurag Thakur to file an affidavit in the apex court on the board's behalf, pointing out the anomalies and difficulties encountered in the implementation of the Lodha committee's recommendations.

The working committee members also authorised Thakur and BCCI president Shashank Manohar to discuss the governce and fincial restructuring of the Intertiol Cricket Council (ICC) subject to such restructuring being incorporated in the constitution of the ICC for permanency.

The move is aimed at ending the monopoly of India, Australia and England in the ICC, which has been one of the stated aims of the BCCI chief.

The BCCI also decided to rework the Future Tours Programme (FTP) for the period 2016 to 2023 in order to ensure equitable distribution of matches.

The BCCI members also approved the recommendation of the board's affiliation committee to grant full member status to the Chhattisgarh association. Chhattisgarh will be a part of the central zone for all domestic tourments.

"We are happy that BCCI has awarded us full membership status and we can now play in the Ranji Trophy. The talented boys who are in our state are eager to perform well in the competition and aim for a place in the tiol side soon," Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh president Baldev Singh Bhatia told reporters here on Friday.

"I thank BCCI for this and I am sure cricket in Chhattisgarh from now on will make the country proud," he added.

The Lodha committee was set up by the Supreme Court to clean up cricket administration in the country after a corruption and match-fixing scandal hit the Indian Premier League (IPL), leading to two-year suspensions of three-time champions Cheni Super Kings and iugural edition winners Rajasthan Royals.

The three-member Lodha panel has put forward several recommendations to the Supreme Court which, if implemented, could have far reaching effects on cricket administration in India.

Among the recommendations are limitation of tenure for office-bearers of the BCCI and state associations, prescription to limit their age to 70 years, one state-one vote (set to directly affect the associations within the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat) and barring of ministers and government officials from becoming office-bearers.

Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) secretary Niranjan Shah, who was present at the meeting, said the SCA will be filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court, since the limitation of tenure, one state-one vote and the recommendation of age-cap of 70 might force him to quit if they come into effect. IANS

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