New Delhi: The Lodha panel committee has asked the Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke to appear in person and discuss the ways to implement its recommendations. According to BCCI sources, the panel is expected to conduct the meeting on August 9 in Delhi and discuss the way forward to execute all reforms, following the Supreme Court's verdict.
The Supreme Court on Monday (July 18) accepted most of the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee panel, which called for wholesale changes in the structure and administration of the board and its affiliated state associations. The court handed BCCI a six-month deadline to implement the reforms, under the supervision of the three-member committee.
The Lodha Committee had also instructed BCCI to ask its state associations to reschedule their impending elections till further notice, failing which, the committee said, the results will be declared invalid. The state associations, however, have been seeking clarifications from the BCCI and the board, in turn, is awaiting a response from its legal panel. BCCI's legal committee, it is understood, is likely to meet next week to discuss the court order.
Both Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) have postponed their elections, scheduled for July 31 and August 7 respectively. Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), on the other hand, went ahead and also appointed Imran Raza Ansari, an active minister of the state government, as its president. The court order will, however, mean that Ansari's election as JKCA president stands disqualified.
"We had an emergent managing committee meeting and have unanimously decided to postpone the elections as per the directions of the Supreme Court," Brijesh Patel, the KSCA secretary, told ESPNCricinfo. "They (BCCI) will tell us about the constitution of the [managing] committee as per the Lodha recommendations. Let them come out with, if there will be a president, three vice-presidents, or one vice-president or will there be an apex council. There is no clarity on that," Patel said.