The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will conduct their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai on Wednesday, but there will be something different about the cricket board's 87th AGM -- the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Panel and their recommendations are going to be a major talking point. The panel, headed by Justice RM Lodha, has called for wholesale changes to the manner in which BCCI functions.
It was on August 31 that Rahul Johri, the BCCI CEO, received a letter from the Lodha Committee spokesperson, stating that the AGM scheduled for September 21 should only be limited to "routine business concerning the past year (2015-16)" and that "any business or matters relating to the next year (2016-17)" be dealt with only after the BCCI implements the Committee's recommendations, according to ESPNCricinfo.
The reform committee has set October 15 as the deadline for the BCCI to implement reforms stated in their 15 recommendations for the Indian cricket board to follow, which includes maintaining a strict age cap of 70 years for the BCCI office bearers and a ban on ministers from the body.
Also, the Lodha Panel announced that unless the BCCI implemented the fresh Memorandum of Association and Rules, any appointments -- person or committee -- made by the Indian cricket board on Wednesday's AGM, could be considered contempt of court and the Lodha Panel would also have the right to remove the appointed bodies or members.
The recommendations were given by the three-member committee of the Lodha Panel, comprising of retired Chief Justice of India RM Lodha and retired Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R Raveendran.
They have also laid a second set of deadlines for the BCCI to follow. It remains to be seen now whether the Indian cricket board can indeed go ahead with their annual general meeting smoothly on the back of pressure from the Lodha committee.
What's the Agenda and who gets elected in BCCI's 87th AGM
Election of a new honorary board secretary, but Ajay Shirke is being tipped to continue in his post
Picking the selection committee
Adding five new members to the board's working committee
Electing standing committees
Choosing a new ombudsman as the tenure of Justice AP Shah ends on September 22
Nominating a representative to attend ICC and Asian Cricket Council meetings
Approving the budget for the next calendar year
Appointing auditors for the next financial year