BCCI chief is facing the heat with Supreme Court pressing hard to comply by Lodha panel recommendations    AFP
BCCI chief is facing the heat with Supreme Court pressing hard to comply by Lodha panel recommendations AFP

Under pressure from the Supreme Court to implement the Justice R.M. Lodha panel recommendations, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has called for a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday here to discuss the interim order passed by the apex court last week. The court had ordered the board and state associations to respond by October 17 whether they would “unconditionally” comply with the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. This week’s SGM is the second such emergent meeting called by the BCCI in the last two weeks after the October 1 SGM, where a defiant BCCI board agreed to adopt some of the recommendations. ALSO READ: BCCI to discuss three-point agenda during ICC board meet

Infuriated by the BCCI’s decision, the three-judge bench warned the board to stop issuing funds to errant state associations which did not implement the recommendations. Both BCCI President Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke are currently in Cape Town, South Africa for the International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings, which started on Monday and will culminate on October 14. ALSO READ: BCCI vs Lodha: SC postpones hearing to October 17; bars funds from being released

The court had earlier barred the board from releasing funds to state associations. The order was supposed to be pronounced its order of Justice Lodha Committee s please by Friday evening, attempting to bring forth transparency in the board. All the same, we will have to be wait until October 17, thus giving more time for BCCI top execute the regulations and rules requested by the Lodha committee.