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India selection committee meet to go ahead after Lodha panel nod

Confusion prevailed in BCCI office, delaying the start of the selection committee meet to pick India squad for England ODIs, T20Is.

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In an unexpected incident, the selection meeting to pick the India squad for the one-day international and T20 international series against England got delayed due to “logistical issues” in Mumbai on Friday. The meeting was scheduled to start at 1230 pm IST at the Board of Control for Cricket in India office.

The latest reports are that the meeting will begin at 0300 pm IST with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri empowered by the Lodha committee to oversee and convene the meeting.

The confusion was prevailed due to a lack of clarity as to who can be the selectors in the meeting after the Supreme Court on January 2 that removed the board’s president and secretary. Also, the Lodha reforms, which the apex court asked to implement immediately, make two of the current selectors ineligible. Many other office bearers of the board are also ineligible after the court order.

The Lodha reforms made any office bearer of BCCI enligible if he has been in office for nine or more years. Any person who is above the age of 70 years is also enliglible to hold any post. Others who cannot hold a post in the BCCI are — minister, convict and government official.

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The BCCI is yet to accept all the recommendations of the Lodha panel and till then, it can adhere to its constituion which makes each selector and office bearer to hold to their posts. This makes it even more interesting as to why BCCI is not going ahead with the selection meeting as it has not accepted the Lodha reforms.

The Supreme Court on Monday removed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from the posts of BCCI president and secretary respectively. It also decided to go ahead with perjury charges against both of them. It issued a showcause notice to both asking why the charges should not be carried forward.

As per reports, out of the five selectors, only two reached the BCCI office and also there was no president or secretary for the meeting.

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As per the BCCI constitution, only the secretary or the joint secretary can convene the selection meeting. Once the team is picked, the president has to approve the team.

First published on: 06-01-2017 at 02:11:46 pm
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