Indian cricket board (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke has expressed uncertainty in hosting the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) owing to the on-going tussle over the Lodha panel recommendations. Shirke also regretted the fix the board has got itself in with the Supreme Court.
“The 2017 Indian Premier League is in danger. We have no idea whether it's happening. How can it happen? We've already conveyed the details to the Committee on what needs to be done. There's a long list that we sent to them on the work that's pending. There's no time,” Shirke told Cricbuzz.
“It is unfortunate that the BCCI finds itself in the position it is. What started as a controversy related to match-fixing and betting indulged in by some players has ended up at a totally different place. In the immediate future, I do not see cricket getting affected, but if the matter drags along and a complete vacuum gets created in the management of the BCCI by lack of experience, that situation has potential to create a major crisis.”
The BCCI is unable to find the required majority among its members over the implementation of the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. The stalemate has only delayed the possibility of finding a solution to the mess they are in.
“The Hon'ble Lodha Committee had called me and the President to meet them. This was the first meeting immediately after the July 18 Supreme Court order. I met the committee and was told that by Sept 30, the BCCI was required to call the existing full members of the Board and they were to formally adopt the new memorandum,” Shirke said.
“I, accordingly, convened the meeting of the members for Sept 30, which was adjourned by a day as some members did not have clear representation letters from their associations. As secretary, I proposed that the new memorandum be formally adopted. This was seconded by the President. The members, however, did not pass the said resolution. Let alone 3/4ths majority, it did not even pass a simple majority. What else can the secretary do? Secretary does not even have a vote. If the Tamil Nadu Societies Act is to be followed, and it should be, any change of constitution (memorandum) requires a 3/4th majority. Assuming that is the case, nearly ten of those members will have to vote to throw themselves out.”