The Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee, whose recommended reforms are to be implemented by the BCCI in the next six months, has directed the Board of Control For Cricket in India to freeze all elections post Monday’s verdict by the apex court.
According to reliable sources, the Lodha Committee has sent the directive to all BCCI office-bearers including President Anurag Thakur, secretary Ajay Shirke, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary and joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary.
The directive effectively means that Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) elections, which were supposed to be held on July 31, now stands frozen along with Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) polls. Similarly, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA)’s election held on Tuesday, which saw state minister Imran Raza Ansari being elected as president, now stands null and void. The letter clearly states that all elections in BCCI and state associations should be “kept on hold”.
The Committee is in the process of preparing an action plan along with timelines as directed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court to implement the reforms and supervise the transition as swiftly as possible. Until further intimations in this regard, it is directed that the BCCI and the State Associations keep on hold all elections and electoral processes under the Rules existing as on 18.7.2016. The same may be conveyed to all the various Members and State Associations by the BCCI. Needless to say, any steps taken after the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s judgment which are inconsistent with its directions will be treated as null and void.