BCCI, RM Lodha Committee At Odds Over Constitution (Part 2)

By Dhanu Delphi on November 12, 2019

In Part 1, we looked at why the new BCCI committee has proposed to make significant changes to the constitution and challenge the RM Lodha Committee reforms, which were approved by the Supreme Court. We continue to look at the proposal, which will be voted upon at the annual general meeting (AGM). This takes place on December 1.

State associations need to give the new amendments a 75 percent approval rating for it to be passed. The Supreme Court will have to sign off on the proposed amendments before it can be started. Do read Part 1, which outlines some of the key changes. We continue to look at the proposed amendments below.

BCCI Secretary Needs More Authority

The current BCCI secretary is Jay Shah, who is the son of home minister Amit Shah. The new amendments state that the BCCI secretary does not have enough power. The secretary needs to have more authority to make changes. The constitution, as it stands, says the role of the secretary is to keep minutes of key meetings. Also, to give the joint-secretary duties to perform.

The proposed changes claim that the role of the BCCI secretary has been significantly diminished after the Lodha reforms. The amendment wants the BCCI secretary post to be given back all of the powers it lost before the reform. This would include having the BCCI CEO report to the BCCI secretary. The amendment will allow the BCCI secretary to have the authority to make all decisions. This regards staff, management and the CEO.

Daily Management Of BCCI Activities

The CEO is currently responsible for having his team carry out day-to-day activities of the BCCI. This states that the CEO and his team should still continue to do the same role. However, the ultimate authority should rest in the hands of the office bearers.

The amendment calls for the CEO and his team to carry out tasks in both non-cricketing and cricketing activities. But, under the supervision and control of the office bearers.

Disqualification Criteria Too Strict

The Lodha reforms has a policy that disqualifies office bearers if they do not meet any of the following criteria. Office bearers of the BCCI, Indian Premier League or any other board committee must not:

Office bearers with total of nine years at a state association, or the BCCI separately, cannot continue. The new BCCI panel feels that there are way too many restrictions. Some of them are too harsh and must be relaxed.

The BCCI has stated that it requires experienced individuals to represent Indian cricket during ICC meetings. Individuals who have experience dealing with other member nations must be given preference to be made key members. Also, those with excellent negotiation skills should be looked at. The criteria makes it difficult to find such people to fill key BCCI posts, as well as key IPL posts.

The draft proposal states that the IPL is the most valuable property the BCCI possesses. Therefore, it is very important that this criteria gets relaxed for certain IPL governing council members. The amendment also says individuals who have criminal records should be allowed to work in both the IPL and BCCI. The proposal also wants the age cap of 70 years to be done away with.

Will The Supreme Court Approve?

Amit Shah put together the new panel. Therefore, it is almost a given that the state associations will approve the new amendments. The bigger question is whether the Supreme Court will buy into Shah and Ganguly’s proposal!