Lodha panel report: After SC's criticism, BCCI likely to lose Gagan Khoda, Jatin Paranjpe from selection panel
In its guidelines, not only the Lodha panel wanted the number of selectors to be reduced to three from five, it also clearly said that the ones in the panel should have represented the country in the traditional forma
New Delhi: After the Supreme Court came out heavily at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the delay in implementing suggested reforms, the board is likely to lose two of members from the recently formed selection committee.
In BCCI's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on September 21, former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman MSK Prasad was appointed as the new chairman of selectors while Devang Gandhi, Gagan Khoda, Sarandeep Singh and Jatin Paranjape were named as the other four members of the panel.
In its guidelines, not only the Lodha panel wanted the number of selectors to be reduced to three from five, it also clearly said that the ones in the panel should have represented the country in the traditional format. (Lodha panel seeks removal of BCCI top brass, including Anurag Thakur, for non-compliance of SC orders)
Therefore, the inclusion of Khoda (2 ODIs) and Paranjape (4 ODIs), is a direct violation of Lodha panel's recommendations.
"It's unlikely that Gagan and Jatin can be kept in selection panel. In any case, I don't think BCCI is now in a position to get into further confrontation with the apex court and it's appointed panel," a very senior BCCI office-bearer told The Times of India.
The BCCI will take the decision in the SGM scheduled for Friday.
In its report submitted to the apex court on Wednesday, Justice R M Lodha's panel demanded the court to replace BCCI's top brass with cricket administrators. (Rajendra Mal Lodha: BCCI got full opportunity to argue recommendations)
SC bench headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, lashed out at the Indian board saying they will not allow the board to defy their orders. Thakur also warned the board of serious ramifications if they do not implement the reforms soon.
The apex court has directed the cricket governing body to respond to the panel`s report before October 6.
The Lodha panel had recommended a set of sweeping reforms in BCCI, including restricting the tenure of office bearers, introducing cooling-off period for administrators, cutting down the present five-member selection panel to three and employing the one state one vote policy, among others. (Lodha panel report: Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev find some recommendations 'too much', 'harsh')
The Lodha panel was formed by the Supreme Court in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. In its report to the Supreme Court, the panel, headed by former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, had suggested several changes in reforming the world's richest cricket body.