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It’s business as usual at BCCI: Lodha panel

The BCCI is functioning normally under Rahul Johri (the board’s first chief executive), with our supervision.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jan 12, 2017, 12.47 AM IST
MUMBAI: It is business as usual for the Indian cricket board even as it is gearing up for the upcoming India-England limited-overs series, said the secretary of a Supreme Courtappointed committee that is monitoring the work at the sports body to usher in transparency.

The top court last week has shown the doors to more than 20 senior administrators of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and its state associations, as they didn’t comply with an earlier order to implement the recommendations of the Justice Lodha committee or meet the criteria set by it to hold such positions.

“The BCCI is functioning normally under Rahul Johri (the board’s first chief executive), with our supervision,” Gopal Sankaranarayanan told ET.

Hinting that the old guard’s strategies, be it of non-cooperation or formation of a rival body, will not work, he said: “Certain people are trying to do the mischief. This is the attempt by the people who have zero interest in cricket but want to hold on to their position.”

On January 2, a three-judge bench of the apex court stripped BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke of their positions and ordered all state associations to comply with the Lodha Committee recommendations, including the age bar of 70 years and a mandatory cooling off period before taking up positions again. This made a large number of administrators step down.

Later, in an unofficial meet, the former heads of associations met with former BCCI chief N Srinivasan and Anurag Thakur, allegedly to work out the next course of action. Sankaranarayanan brushed aside the possibility of state associations defying the court order.

“Every single association has accepted the order and agreed to comply with the recommendations, unconditionally,” he said.

When asked whether the Lodha committee sees Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s refusal to host two upcoming under-19 matches between India and England as an act of defiance, Sankaranarayanan said there was no need to treat it that way.

“The state of Tamil Nadu has faced genuine problems because of Cyclone Vardah (in December), because of which the association has shown its inability to conduct any U-19 matches. There is no reason to believe otherwise. If they wanted to create mischief, they would have informed two days ahead of the matches and not so much in advance,” he reasoned.

Meanwhile, the SC has already appointed senior lawyer Anil Divan and amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam to assist the court to find suitable names by January 19 for the appointment as members of the committee of administrators for the cricket board.

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