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Concerned and livid! Ravi Shastri calls for sincere, continuous dialogue​ between BCCI and Lodha Committee

The former captain was also not happy with the Committee's proposal which asks for a three-year cooling period for cricket administrators.

Concerned and livid! Ravi Shastri calls for sincere, continuous dialogue​ between BCCI and Lodha Committee

New Delhi: Ravi Shastri on Friday voiced his concerns about the manner in which the much talked about cricket reform in the contry is heading for, with both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Lodha Committee failing to come to an agreement.

The former India captain said that both the BCCI and the Supreme Court mandated committed should continue with sincere dialogue to iron out the differences in their bid to reform the sport in the country.

"I think a dialogue must still continue, genuine efforts should be made by both the parties," the former captain told ANI on on Lodha Committee recommendations.

The Committee and the Indian board have come to disagreement on various issues, and the first fault-line was reflected when the BCCI conducted it's annual 87th Annual General Body Meeting on Wednesday.

But against the Lodha Committee directive, which said that the AGM should be restricted to “routine business concerning the past year (2015-2016)”, the BCCI went ahead with their proposed agenda, including the selection of new panel of selectors.

Shastri opined that having three selectors, instead of five, will be tough on the part of cricket administrators because of the sheer enormity of Indian population.

"India has a population 1.2 billion people, how can 3 people manage to select.So I think 5 is still in order," he said.

The Lodha Committee has recommended bringing down the number of selectors to three but the BCCI on Wednesday constituted named a five-member selection committee headed by former wicketkeeper-batsman MSK Prasad.

Besides, the new selection panel comprises two members with no Test experience, which is against the Lodha Committee recommendation.

Talking about former players joining the system, the 54-year-old said, "If they want cricketers to come into the system spell out their names, it is a professional job."

The former captain was also not happy with the Committee's proposal which asks for a three-year cooling period for cricket administrators.

"If they felt that things aren't going well they've every right to mention what can be done...If I have an idea which is constructive & in 3 years you are telling me to leave, then how can I achieve anything in 3 years,"

The Apex Court in its July 18 order accepted the majority of the recommendations forwarded by the Lodha Committee on India cricket's reform.

Then, the Committee issued a set of timelines with September 30 being the last date for the BCCI and state associations to amend their constitutions.

Shastri was felicitated along with former Test captains today at Kanpur by the BCCI on the occasion of India's 500th Test match.

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